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  • adj. Closely following a formula or predictable pattern; imitative, not original.

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  • adj. characterized by or in accordance with some formula


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  • The story could easily have run adrift in formulaic silliness.

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  • Given the theme of Yotsuba, “Enjoy Everything”, I think it being a little formulaic is be expected.

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  • The opportunity to be long-winded yet perfunctory, paradoxically daring yet formulaic, is available to only proven hit makers at the top of the heap.

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  • Previously you implied that the "Theory of Evolution" (your capitals, though whether that's the old standby RM-NS or something else just as blindly formulaic is not explained) is capable "of generating the complexity and diversity we observe in life."

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  • Probably all this angst about formula and being formulaic is merely shorthand for what J.T. said above.

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  • Suspense and tension are squandered in the name of formulaic melodrama: Will they get the kids out alive?

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  • The surfeit of what became known as the formulaic Full Monty effect eventually inured audiences to the charms of hard knocks/happy future comedies, but - Home Page

  • It strikes me that this approach is actually entirely antithetical to the use of fantasy in formulaic writing so, as a sort of inversion of it, I’ve coined the phrase Symbolic Formulation.

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  • It suddenly hit me that this six-word formulaic prescription has entrenched itself into common parlance.

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  • Shriver's review reeks of the kind of rationalization book reviewers constantly offer when recommending "formulaic" fiction written "comfortably within a conventional form."

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