Definition of schematic in English:

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Pronunciation: /skēˈmadik/


1(Of a diagram or other representation) symbolic and simplified.
Example sentences
  • The designs are quite schematic, even crude in their style of representation, and it is not always easy to decipher them.
  • Additional details on this method and a schematic representation of the experimental protocol are available in the online supplement.
  • On the reverse side of the box you can actually see a detailed schematic representation of the air flow inside the system case when the cooler is installed.
1.1(Of thought, ideas, etc.) simplistic or formulaic in character, usually to an extent inappropriate to the complexities of the subject matter: a highly schematic reading of the play
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  • This substantial conception of an object - the conception of a kind of object having a certain nature - can be contrasted with another kind of conception, which we could call the schematic idea of an object.
  • Any outline of this work must compress the author's variegated analysis into a thin catalogue of schematic impressions.
  • Correspondingly the book tends to develop a schematic interpretation of social conflict.


(In technical contexts) a schematic diagram, in particular of an electric or electronic circuit.
Example sentences
  • He was working on deciphering ancient schematics and technical schematics.
  • By his bed on a little table lay an electronic pad containing the schematics for the Laser Defence Network which was currently in deployment around planet Liberty.
  • The walls were papered with graphs, equations, posters of graph, calculator schematics, and some diagrams I couldn't even make out.



Pronunciation: /skēˈmadək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • It schematically deploys a fictional framework to speculate on Toscanini's hatred of Mussolini and the latter's fascination with the conductor.
  • The chain of argument described schematically in the diagram below is this.
  • They work schematically to reach deep into areas of myth and the social condition formerly occupied by epic history painting.

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Syllabification: sche·mat·ic

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