Definition of modus operandi in English:

modus operandi


  • 1usually in singular A particular way or method of doing something.

    ‘every killer has his own special modus operandi’
    • ‘His modus operandi is to trace cause and effect.’
    • ‘That's not my usual modus operandi, but maybe I can make an exception.’
    • ‘The modus operandi used by genre critics is still connected with means of definition and categorization.’
    • ‘Their modus operandi was to approach candidates ahead of the examination with the promise of showing them the paper in advance.’
    • ‘I think that the congresswoman suggests a modus operandi, which is unfortunate.’
    • ‘The modus operandi was to trap leopards near human settlements and release them deep inside a forest, away from people.’
    • ‘The modus operandi of the protesters is that they spot something on TV they think they can hype into an object of protest.’
    • ‘It's almost like the signature, the modus operandi, of a disinformation campaign.’
    • ‘This is the modus operandi of our stone-age politicians of the Opposition.’
    • ‘However some have managed to discern a modus operandi, which could be considered clever if it were not so over-used.’
    • ‘In tune with the usual modus operandi of the industry, the audio was released on Wednesday and people struggled to find parking place.’
    • ‘The modus operandi in most of the cases has been remarkably similar in its old-school simplicity.’
    • ‘Sadly, this approach or concept has never been part of the modus operandi of the Leader of the Opposition.’
    • ‘Our modus operandi is to not spend too long in one place.’
    • ‘To be fair, we only have his side of the story, but I'm inherently distrusting of the police and it does fit completely with their usual modus operandi.’
    • ‘The modus operandi in Africa shows how professional the execution of their plan was.’
    • ‘It was the usual modus operandi - improvise, make do, and make it work.’
    • ‘Industry observers have noticed a not-so-subtle shift in the modus operandi of the multi-nationals.’
    • ‘In both cases naming and blaming is the modus operandi.’
    • ‘The usual modus operandi was that robbers identified isolated residential localities and targeted lonely women.’
    method of working, method, way, mo, manner, technique, style, procedure, approach, course of action, plan of action, methodology, mode, fashion, process, means, strategy, plan, formula, recipe, practice
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    1. 1.1 The way in which something operates or works.
      ‘THC has a quite precise modus operandi that taps into a specific brain function’
      • ‘For just as he acted according to the modus operandi that has characterised his government, so did the opposition.’
      • ‘Its modus operandi is thus quite unconnected with that of the Pill, where overall blood serum levels are raised.’
      • ‘This is also the standard modus operandi of academic or conventional economics.’
      • ‘One possible reason for the different functions encoded by R genes is the different modus operandi employed by different pathogen species.’
      • ‘The normal modus operandi is incremental adjustment focused on solving specific policy problems or political issues.’
      • ‘The Journal's modus operandi included slander and character assassination.’
      • ‘The modus operandi of this procedure went like this.’
      practice, wont, habit, custom, characteristic, policy, procedure, convention, fashion, use, routine, rule
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Latin, literally ‘way of operating’.


modus operandi

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