Definition of modus operandi in US English:

modus operandi

noun

  • 1usually in singular A particular way or method of doing something, especially one that is characteristic or well-established.

    ‘the volunteers were instructed to buy specific systems using our usual modus operandi—anonymously and with cash’
    • ‘In tune with the usual modus operandi of the industry, the audio was released on Wednesday and people struggled to find parking place.’
    • ‘Their modus operandi was to approach candidates ahead of the examination with the promise of showing them the paper in advance.’
    • ‘Industry observers have noticed a not-so-subtle shift in the modus operandi of the multi-nationals.’
    • ‘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's almost like the signature, the modus operandi, of a disinformation campaign.’
    • ‘In both cases naming and blaming is the modus operandi.’
    • ‘I think that the congresswoman suggests a modus operandi, which is unfortunate.’
    • ‘His modus operandi is to trace cause and effect.’
    • ‘It was the usual modus operandi - improvise, make do, and make it work.’
    • ‘This is the modus operandi of our stone-age politicians of the Opposition.’
    • ‘That's not my usual modus operandi, but maybe I can make an exception.’
    • ‘However some have managed to discern a modus operandi, which could be considered clever if it were not so over-used.’
    • ‘The usual modus operandi was that robbers identified isolated residential localities and targeted lonely women.’
    • ‘Sadly, this approach or concept has never been part of the modus operandi of the Leader of the Opposition.’
    • ‘The modus operandi in most of the cases has been remarkably similar in its old-school simplicity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The modus operandi used by genre critics is still connected with means of definition and categorization.’
    • ‘Our modus operandi is to not spend too long in one place.’
    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.
      • ‘This is also the standard modus operandi of academic or conventional economics.’
      • ‘Its modus operandi is thus quite unconnected with that of the Pill, where overall blood serum levels are raised.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For just as he acted according to the modus operandi that has characterised his government, so did the opposition.’
      • ‘One possible reason for the different functions encoded by R genes is the different modus operandi employed by different pathogen species.’
      practice, wont, habit, custom, characteristic, policy, procedure, convention, fashion, use, routine, rule
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Origin

Latin, literally ‘way of operating’.

Pronunciation