Systematic vs System (Commonly Confused)

Systematic vs Systemic

These two terms are often confused by English learners. Do you know the difference?


Something described as systematic uses/follows a system or organized method

“Employees should make a systematic analysis of their failures”

“There are reports of the systematic mistreatment of prisoners in that prison”


Something described as systemic is part of, related to, or involving a whole system

“The company is experiencing systemic problems”

“The current recession is the result of systemic changes in the economy”

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