formulaic
adjective see formula I

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • formulaic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) constituting or containing a set form of words. 2) produced in accordance with a slavishly followed rule or style: much romantic fiction is formulaic. DERIVATIVES formulaically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • formulaic — (adj.) 1882, from FORMULA (Cf. formula) + IC (Cf. ic) …   Etymology dictionary

  • formulaic — ☆ formulaic [fôr΄myo͞o lā′ik, fôr΄myəlā′ik ] adj. consisting of, or made or expressed according to, a formula or formulas …   English World dictionary

  • formulaic — formulaically, adv. /fawr myeuh lay ik/, adj. 1. made according to a formula; composed of formulas: a formulaic plot. 2. being or constituting a formula: formulaic instructions. [1880 85; FORMULA + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • formulaic — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)mjʊle͟ɪɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a way of saying or doing something as formulaic, you are criticizing it because it is not original and has been used many times before in similar situations. His paintings are… …   English dictionary

  • formulaic — adjective /ˌfɔrmjəˈleɪ.ɪk/ closely following a formula or predictable pattern; imitative, not original , That TV series has become awfully formulaic in the last couple of seasons. See Also: formula …   Wiktionary

  • formulaic — for|mu|la|ic [ˌfo:mjuˈleı ık US ˌfo:r ] adj formal containing or made from ideas or expressions that have been used many times before and are therefore not very new or interesting ▪ Children love jokes and riddles that are heavily formulaic …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • formulaic — [ˌfɔ:mjʊ leɪɪk] adjective constituting or containing a set form of words. ↘produced in accordance with a mechanically followed rule or style: formulaic, disposable pop. Derivatives formulaically adverb …   English new terms dictionary

  • formulaic — adjective formal containing or made from ideas or expressions that have been used many times before and are therefore not very imaginative: formulaic verse …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • formulaic — for•mu•la•ic [[t]ˌfɔr myəˈleɪ ɪk[/t]] adj. made according to a formula: a formulaic plot[/ex] • Etymology: 1880–85 for mu•la′i•cal•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

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