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'Systemic' or 'Systematic'?

Systemic and systematic are both related to the word system, but they have different meanings.

By
Mignon Fogarty,

 

Steve M. from Springfield, Missouri, wrote, "[What are your] thoughts on the difference between using 'systemic' and 'systematic'?"

Systemic describes something that happens or exists throughout a whole system. It is the newer word; it entered English in the early 1800s.

He has a systemic infection.

The new police chief had to address systemic corruption.

Systematic describes something that was thorough and intentional, methodical, or implemented according to a plan. It is the older word, having entered English around 1670.

Doctors began a systematic treatment plan.

Ending systematic discrimination was his first goal.

Systemic means throughout the whole system. Systematic means according to plan.

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