Definition of formulaic in US English:

formulaic

adjective

  • 1Constituting or containing a verbal formula or set form of words.

    ‘a formulaic greeting’
    • ‘Language on such ceremonial occasions is supposed to be formulaic.’
    • ‘Similarly, the later ones become more elaborate in style, while the early poems were written in a simple, formulaic style of great dramatic force.’
    • ‘Because inscriptions tend to be formulaic, deviations from the standard pattern are likely meaningful.’
    • ‘Upon meeting, formulaic greetings must be exchanged before a discussion can ensue.’
    • ‘But the narrative remains strange and poetic enough for it never to appear formulaic or didactic.’
    • ‘The stanza is written like the formulaic examples of wit and allusion in old-fashioned riddle books.’
    • ‘Chinese has an additive oral style, comprised of expressions of formulaic styling.’
    • ‘As a result, Homer often needs four different formulaic phrases for each hero in order to fill each of the pauses indicated above.’
    • ‘Such a user might find it efficient to be able to refer to formulaic phrases by code or abbreviation without even viewing the display.’
    • ‘Formulaic expressions are formulaic, precisely because of their fixed form.’
    stock, standard, routine, rehearsed, well worn, unspontaneous, unoriginal, derivative, conventional, stale, hackneyed, stereotyped, overused
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    1. 1.1 Produced in accordance with a slavishly followed rule or style; predictable.
      ‘much romantic fiction is stylized, formulaic, and unrealistic’
      • ‘You don't want it to become formulaic, and you don't want it to become predictable in any way.’
      • ‘A formulaic, unimaginative plot is firmly in place in which every perspective twist can be predicted well in advance.’
      • ‘Most obviously, the script is trite and formulaic, attempting to deal with one main hot internet issue within each episode.’
      • ‘The character traits, situations, and dialogue feel formulaic and worn out from overuse.’
      • ‘Everything else in the novel slavishly follows a simple formulaic adventure plot.’
      • ‘Set in the inner city of 1960's Cleveland, the script follows a formulaic plot.’
      • ‘The movie is occasionally trite, often formulaic, and frequently familiar.’
      • ‘Individually and together, they are making a stand against formulaic entertainment.’
      • ‘The whole thing must be so formulaic, so routine, it's probably hard to even pretend to be enjoying it after a while.’
      • ‘Then again it was the age of the horribly trite, formulaic action movie, so it was largely a sign of the times.’
      • ‘Within its formulaic structure, the plot follows the dots.’
      • ‘And we want to make this worse by further entrenching the formulaic standards of education?’
      • ‘And then you realise that it's formulaic, predictable - and still almost to the point of perfection.’
      • ‘The stern and formulaic rules of American news reporting make scepticism difficult to express.’
      • ‘A formulaic plot, predictable storyline, and a slow beginning hurt what in some places is a nice suspense thriller.’
      • ‘A formulaic approach to application of the rule would be mistaken.’
      • ‘To summarise is to condemn it as trite and formulaic.’
      run-of-the-mill, prosaic, pedestrian, commonplace, unimaginative, uninspired, uninspiring, unadventurous, unremarkable, unexceptional
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Pronunciation

formulaic

/ˌfɔrmjəˈleɪɪk//ˌfôrmyəˈlāik/