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modus operandi

Pronunciation: /ˌməʊdəs ɒpəˈrandiː/
Pronunciation: /ˌməʊdəs ɒpəˈrandʌɪ/

noun (plural modi operandi /ˌməʊdi/)

[usually in singular]
1A particular way or method of doing something: every killer has his own special modus operandi
More example sentences
  • 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.
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
rare praxis
1.1The way in which something operates or works: THC has a quite precise modus operandi that taps into a specific brain function
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  • 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.


Latin, literally 'way of operating'.

Words that rhyme with modus operandi

Andy, bandy, brandy, candy, dandy, Gandhi, glissandi, handy, jim-dandy, Kandy, Mandy, Nandi, randy, Río Grande, sandhi, sandy, sforzandi, shandy

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