Definition of modus operandi in English:

modus operandi


  • 1[usually 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’
    • ‘The modus operandi was to trap leopards near human settlements and release them deep inside a forest, away from people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In tune with the usual modus operandi of the industry, the audio was released on Wednesday and people struggled to find parking place.’
    • ‘I think that the congresswoman suggests a modus operandi, which is unfortunate.’
    • ‘The modus operandi of the protesters is that they spot something on TV they think they can hype into an object of protest.’
    • ‘Our modus operandi is to not spend too long in one place.’
    • ‘Sadly, this approach or concept has never been part of the modus operandi of the Leader of the Opposition.’
    • ‘Industry observers have noticed a not-so-subtle shift in the modus operandi of the multi-nationals.’
    • ‘This is the modus operandi of our stone-age politicians of the Opposition.’
    • ‘The usual modus operandi was that robbers identified isolated residential localities and targeted lonely women.’
    • ‘It was the usual modus operandi - improvise, make do, and make it work.’
    • ‘The modus operandi in Africa shows how professional the execution of their plan was.’
    • ‘The modus operandi in most of the cases has been remarkably similar in its old-school simplicity.’
    • ‘Their modus operandi was to approach candidates ahead of the examination with the promise of showing them the paper in advance.’
    • ‘His modus operandi is to trace cause and effect.’
    • ‘However some have managed to discern a modus operandi, which could be considered clever if it were not so over-used.’
    • ‘It's almost like the signature, the modus operandi, of a disinformation campaign.’
    • ‘In both cases naming and blaming is the modus operandi.’
    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. 1.1The way something operates or works.
      • ‘The Journal's modus operandi included slander and character assassination.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Its modus operandi is thus quite unconnected with that of the Pill, where overall blood serum levels are raised.’
      • ‘For just as he acted according to the modus operandi that has characterised his government, so did the opposition.’
      • ‘This is also the standard modus operandi of academic or conventional economics.’
      • ‘The modus operandi of this procedure went like this.’


Latin, literally way of operating.


modus operandi

/ˌmōdəs ˌäpəˈrandē//ˌmōdəs ˌäpəˈrandī/