Definition of programmatic in US English:



  • 1Of the nature of or according to a program, schedule, or method.

    ‘a programmatic approach to change’
    • ‘The promised development of a long term, strategic, programmatic approach will be a major step forward.’
    • ‘We transform study into training such that the university becomes entirely programmatic and oriented to the economy.’
    • ‘The volume is programmatic in its approach to the status of CEBs.’
    • ‘The programmatic cutting edge of such a party must be its commitment to a struggle against imperialism based on the perspective of the international unity of the working class.’
    • ‘Moreover, we can begin to adjust our own programmatic goals accordingly.’
    • ‘He also enjoys consulting with camp programs on programmatic, training, and psychosocial issues.’
    • ‘The traditionally so pragmatic, unintellectual conservatives are currently unusually well served in programmatic terms.’
    • ‘Another way to address the problem of maintenance is to make response maintenance the focus of programmatic research.’
    • ‘The novel, though sometimes programmatic, can be a lot of fun.’
    • ‘Even at this early stage, the non-party has 70 regional branches, which will discuss the programmatic paper.’
    • ‘They may not show up as much as a specific weapon program might, but I think a great deal of programmatic redirection has taken place.’
    • ‘Part III, Urbanising Landscape, discusses programmatic and other new approaches to significant public open space.’
    • ‘The programmatic demands, for now, are more radically reformist than revolutionary, which makes their rejection all the more disquieting.’
    • ‘I think we've all agreed that our approach has been a bit too long on programmatic details and a bit too short on the vision thing.’
    • ‘The Commission used this new flexibility to develop its own regional priorities, and to introduce its own programmatic approach to regional assistance.’
    • ‘The book offers few broad programmatic prescriptions, but several follow logically from the book's evidence.’
    • ‘They have a justifiable and healthy reaction against the model of programmatic church, and I think that it's good in many respects.’
    • ‘In one programmatic statement, he reduced the structural method to four basic operations.’
    • ‘Before 2005, the approved conceptual and programmatic documents suggest the following schedule.’
    • ‘Discussions of how to address environmental ethics at camp usually offer programmatic exercises or discussions of ethics like the experiential lesson just described.’
    1. 1.1 Of the nature of program music.
      • ‘This element of mystery may sometimes suggest the sinister, and there is likely to remain a touch of the sinister in great music, even the least programmatic of it.’
      • ‘Based on long poem by Joseph Rodman Drake, this highly programmatic rhapsody describes the labors a male fairy must complete to be forgiven for falling in love with a mortal woman.’
      • ‘The vast orchestration in context is reminiscent of her home country, and the drama in the tracks take more from programmatic classical music than pop.’
      • ‘Even when it is not programmatic, Biber's music is vivid and often pictorial.’
      • ‘Like many works of the nineteenth century, this particular work is programmatic in nature.’
      • ‘While not strictly programmatic, MacDowell's writing evokes heroes, villains, fair ladies, and life-and-death combats.’
      • ‘Not only did this very concrete programmatic inspiration help me to think in terms of structure and mood and color, but it also helped in facilitating a connection with the audience.’
      • ‘Since this piece is one of the few programmatic piano works Beethoven composed, I shared the story that inspired the piece.’
      • ‘The lush melodies and programmatic effects in Chaminade's works will be appealing to audiences as well.’
      • ‘The words for emotions here, the programmatic vocabulary and the verbs reveal a certain way of looking at music as something that conveys feelings as a person knows and conveys them.’
      • ‘It is perhaps the most programmatic of Mahler's symphonies.’
      • ‘The tension between Dave and Connie in her room is broken by its arrival along with a roiling, almost opera buffa, programmatic theme from Deutsch's music track.’
      • ‘The symphonies are more like a ‘fantasy or overture’ and the two here are both programmatic.’
      • ‘Without becoming programmatic, the Overture evokes both nobility and its degradation, as they apply to Shakespeare's character.’
      • ‘The piece Wind is reminiscent of a programmatic étude, requiring finger fluency and agility to execute quick pentatonic scale passages in both hands.’
      • ‘Vaughan Williams seems to have been particularly coy about the programmatic ideas that had propelled the symphony, crucially in some places.’
      • ‘Apart from the Faust music, his most remarkable work is the programmatic symphonic poem Macbeth.’
      • ‘Although Lees hints at the programmatic, his usual care and thought have gone into symphonic construction and the music can be enjoyed without reference to external events.’
      • ‘However, he shied away from any programmatic interpretations of his work, voicing the opinion that music was to be interpreted solely by the listener.’
      • ‘That cannot be said of the other works on the disk, with one exception, and the programmatic notes of several of the composers underscore that.’