Systematic vs. Systemic

by Heather

Lexical Vexations

systematic adj. following a devised plan in a methodological way.

systemic adj. relating to a complex but cohesive system. This was originally a term specific to the body (ex. systemic infection) but is now used to describe other complex systems as well (ex. systemic racism in governments).

Word in the Wild: The only way your company can address this systemic breakdown in communication between departments is by following my innovative and systematic approach to employee seating arrangements.

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