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modus operandi

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nounplural noun modi operandi/ˈmōdē/ /ˈmōdī/

usually in singular
  • 1A 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their modus operandi was to approach candidates ahead of the examination with the promise of showing them the paper in advance.’
    • ‘That's not my usual modus operandi, but maybe I can make an exception.’
    • ‘Sadly, this approach or concept has never been part of the modus operandi of the Leader of the Opposition.’
    • ‘The modus operandi in Africa shows how professional the execution of their plan was.’
    • ‘The modus operandi used by genre critics is still connected with means of definition and categorization.’
    • ‘His modus operandi is to trace cause and effect.’
    • ‘The modus operandi of the protesters is that they spot something on TV they think they can hype into an object of protest.’
    • ‘Industry observers have noticed a not-so-subtle shift in the modus operandi of the multi-nationals.’
    • ‘The modus operandi in most of the cases has been remarkably similar in its old-school simplicity.’
    • ‘In both cases naming and blaming is the modus operandi.’
    • ‘I think that the congresswoman suggests a modus operandi, which is unfortunate.’
    • ‘However some have managed to discern a modus operandi, which could be considered clever if it were not so over-used.’
    • ‘The modus operandi was to trap leopards near human settlements and release them deep inside a forest, away from people.’
    • ‘It's almost like the signature, the modus operandi, of a disinformation campaign.’
    • ‘Our modus operandi is to not spend too long in one place.’
    • ‘This is the modus operandi of our stone-age politicians of the Opposition.’
    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 in which something operates or works.
      ‘THC has a quite precise modus operandi that taps into a specific brain function’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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modus operandi

/ˈmōdəs ˌäpəˈrandē/ /ˈmoʊdəs ˌɑpəˈrændi/ /ˈmōdəs ˌäpəranˌdī/ /ˈmoʊdəs ˌɑpərænˌdaɪ/


Latin, literally ‘way of operating’.