Sys`tem*at"ic (?), Sys`tem*at"ic*al (?), a. [Gr. : cf. F. syst'ematique.]

1.

Of or pertaining to system; consisting in system; methodical; formed with regular connection and adaptation or subordination of parts to each other, and to the design of the whole; as, a systematic arrangement of plants or animals; a systematic course of study.

Now we deal much in essays, and unreasonably despise systematical learning; whereas our fathers had a just value for regularity and systems. I. Watts.

A representation of phenomena, in order to answer the purposes of science, must be systematic. Whewell.

2.

Proceeding according to system, or regular method; as, a systematic writer; systematic benevolence.

3.

Pertaining to the system of the world; cosmical.

These ends may be called cosmical, or systematical. Boyle.

4. Med.

Affecting successively the different parts of the system or set of nervous fibres; as, systematic degeneration.

<-- affecting the whole body, as contrasted with local. -->

Systematic theology. See under Theology.

 

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