from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who follows routine; an adherent of settled custom or opinion.


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  • Gary Hart was easily a more thoughtful and intelligent man than the routineer that beat him by using an empty advertising slogan.

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  • My feeling has been all along that the Democratic stiff was probably going to lose to the Republican routineer.

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  • Unlike most Patrol agents above the rank of routineer, Herbert Ganz had not abandoned his former surroundings.

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  • Now a routineer was in charge of the linguistics team.

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  • They have their Springfields, after all, and once a routineer settles in with something, it's hard to boot him loose from it.

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  • The man who will follow precedent, but never create one, is merely an obvious example of the routineer.

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  • It was nothing but the insolence of the routineer that forced Gifford Pinchot out of the Forest Service.

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  • Political inventors are to-day largely unconscious of their purpose, and, so, defenceless against the distraction of their routineer enemies.

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  • The routineer is, of course, the first to decry every radical proposal as "against human nature."

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  • Taft was the perfect routineer trying to run government as automatically as possible.

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