The context I was writing in:

"I hypothesized that due to the patternistic structure of Active Directory environments and the frequency of their use [...]"

The word seems like it would fit but it's unfortunately not a real word. What would be the closest alternative?

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    "...due to the patterned structure..."
    – GEdgar
    Jun 19, 2022 at 20:09
  • If structure already has a pattern, wouldn't that word suffice? Jun 19, 2022 at 21:30
  • @YosefBaskin Perhaps. Perhaps I have too much of a love for adjectives.
    – J.Todd
    Jun 19, 2022 at 22:46
  • Voting to close because I'd need you to explain what you're trying to convey with "patternistic" before I could propose any alternatives. Jun 20, 2022 at 1:12
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    If you want a word that means characterized by or resembling patterns, OED lists patterny and pattern-like. They are uncommon but self-explanatory. I believe pattern-like is the most suitable one and the definition in OED is: "Conforming to or resembling a pattern; characterized by regularity." Patterned is a common adjective but it has the strong sense of having or decorated with patterns.
    – ermanen
    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:41

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How about recurring?



: occurring again periodically or repeatedly.

'gratitude is a recurring theme in the book'

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