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Hi

Would you say that systematic can also be used where disciplined has been? Or, does systematic work at all?

One thing everyone admired about him was that he lived a very disciplined life.

One thing everyone admired about him was that he lived a very systematic life.

Thanks,

Tom

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Mr. TomWould you say that systematic can also be used where disciplined has been?

Not really. That is, not without a change of meaning. As a description of a life, I make these associations:

systematic: orderly, organized
disciplined: rigorous, controlled

While 'systematic' focuses on good organizational skills, 'disciplined' focuses on self-control, on being strict on oneself. There is some overlap, but it's not a complete overlap.

CJ

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Hi

I'd say no, the two words don't work in the same way. If a person is disciplined, they have certain human principles that they keep to. Provided that those principles include care for others, that makes them a good person.

Being systematic can just mean that the person follows the same pattern all the time. That may be good or bad.

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) was both disciplined and systematic and lays part of the foundation for Western philosophy, so it's certainly possibly to be both

Dave

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