Definition of formulaic in English:


Line breaks: for¦mu|la¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌfɔːmjʊˈleɪɪk


  • 1Constituting or containing a set form of words: formulaic expressions such as ‘Once upon a time’
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    • Upon meeting, formulaic greetings must be exchanged before a discussion can ensue.
    • Formulaic expressions are formulaic, precisely because of their fixed form.
    • Chinese has an additive oral style, comprised of expressions of formulaic styling.
  • 1.1Produced in accordance with a mechanically followed rule or style: formulaic, disposable pop
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    • Set in the inner city of 1960's Cleveland, the script follows a formulaic plot.
    • Everything else in the novel slavishly follows a simple formulaic adventure plot.
    • The stern and formulaic rules of American news reporting make scepticism difficult to express.



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  • And finally, formulaically, she invokes that neighborly, over-the-fence standard ‘common sense’ to pit us against those wacky liberal intellectuals.
  • I am baffled by the difference between the formulaically charismatic man I met in public, outside of the house and the uninterested, pathetic and almost sinister figure before me.
  • The grammar of the Tamil film song is almost formulaically strict.

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