modus operandi love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A method of operating or functioning.
  • n. A person's manner of working.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person or thing's normal mode of operation.
  • n. A known criminal's established habits and mode of work when committing specific offences, especially fraud, matched with characteristics of an unsolved crime to narrow down (limit to a specific list) or profile suspects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • manner of operating. Often abbreviated to MO

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an unvarying or habitual method or procedure


New Latin modus operandī : Latin modus, mode + Latin operandī, genitive sing. gerund of operārī, to work.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin modus operandi, from modus ("manner, method") and operandi ("of working") (Wiktionary)


  • "Evidently," continued Crooks, "for had I broken your laws, you would not have been under the necessity of violating them and adopting the sublime modus operandi of Mob Law to punish me."

    Life of Rev. A. Crooks, A. M.

  • This modus operandi very much reflected Lanzagorta’s entrepreneurial style and his way of expanding the group by creating and controlling companies.

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  • It was neeessary for the simple reason that there were too many potential Slashers out there, waiting for a modus operandi to be disclosed so that they could grab a piece of the publicity.

    the dirty duck

  • And is the task-avoidance assumption of fight not the prevalent modus operandi in the chaotic arena of international relations?



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