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[fawr-myuh-ley-ik] /ˌfɔr myəˈleɪ ɪk/
made according to a formula; composed of formulas:
a formulaic plot.
being or constituting a formula:
formulaic instructions.
1880-85; formula + -ic
Related forms
formulaically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for formulaic
  • Still, differences among formulaic statements can be revealing.
  • Though his success as a writer is deserved, his work is becoming a little formulaic.
  • But they're not enough to hide a formulaic plot and writing.
  • To be honest, it can get kind of formulaic and boring to long-time readers.
  • The post and those surrounding it were flooded with hundreds of formulaic comments.
  • It'd make shows a lot less predictable-and formulaic.
  • Where the other chapters consistently felt snappy and engrossing, this one sometimes felt a little more formulaic, even forced.
  • Their formulaic concept amounts to intellectual formaldehyde.
  • However, the mechanics of how formulaic language is acquired are not well understood.
  • Order and structure are present, but may seem formulaic.
Word Origin and History for formulaic
1882, from formula + -ic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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