from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or having a program.
  • adj. Following an overall plan or schedule: a step-by-step, programmatic approach to problem solving.
  • adj. Music Of, resembling, or constituting program music.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, or relating to a step-by-step program, especially a computer program
  • adj. of, or relating to program music


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  • These assets are not considered in programmatic eligibility for health care and key services.

    Harold Pollack: A story about eyeglasses

  • The main programmatic elements of the building include a shop that will hold tools and accommodate product mock-ups, an open studio space that will feature a conference area and a floor-to-ceiling, double-sided bookshelf, and a private office for Mr. Chadwick, located on a mezzanine.

    The Chadwick Studio by Frederick Fisher and Partners

  • The commissions were mindful of the critical medium-term programmatic priorities to attain our strategic objective: in particular speeding up economic growth and employment, bridging the gap between the two economies; increase access to basic services, improving the safety of communities, pursuing the African agenda and improving the organisation and the capacity of the state to meet these objectives.


  • For the latter, they are usually called programmatic Safe Harbor agreements. - Local Headlines

  • "All in all, it was a successful EVA in that the highest priority tasks were completed and as far as the tasks we had difficulty with, tasks that we had problems with, these are things where there will be no long term programmatic impact," Alibaruho said.

    Spaceflight Now

  • Have American political parties finally become "programmatic" - that is, organized around coherent ideological identities?


  • "Ensure support for short and long-term programmatic and institutional needs by providing a workforce that is balanced appropriately by skills, level of experience, and demographics."

    Has Gen Y Taken Over NASA? - NASA Watch

  • In her letters, Mary Lasker began to refer to a programmatic War on Cancer as the conquest of “inner space” as opposed to “outer space”, instantly unifying the two projects.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Lewis, Sinclair, Farrell, and Theodore Dreiser are really "naturalists," a further development of realism to be sure, but one that is inherently programmatic, that is to say, it is an approach that deliberately uses fiction to illustrate larger ideas about, in this case, the biological determinants of human nature and the clash of the biological and the social.

    Realism in Fiction

  • This anxiety is one of the driving forces of what I shall call programmatic secularism.

    Rome Lecture: 'Secularism, Faith and Freedom'


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