formulaic

[fawr-myuh-ley-ik]
adjective
1.
made according to a formula; composed of formulas: a formulaic plot.
2.
being or constituting a formula: formulaic instructions.

Origin:
1880–85; formula + -ic

formulaically, adverb
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formula (ˈfɔːmjʊlə)
 
n , pl -las, -lae
1.  an established form or set of words, as used in religious ceremonies, legal proceedings, etc
2.  maths, physics a general relationship, principle, or rule stated, often as an equation, in the form of symbols
3.  chem molecular formula empirical formula See structural formula a representation of molecules, radicals, ions, etc, expressed in the symbols of the atoms of their constituent elements
4.  a.  a method, pattern, or rule for doing or producing something, often one proved to be successful
 b.  (as modifier): formula fiction
5.  a.  a prescription for making up a medicine, baby's food, etc
 b.  a substance prepared according to such a prescription
6.  motor racing the specific category in which a particular type of car competes, judged according to engine size, weight, and fuel capacity
 
[C17: from Latin: diminutive of formaform]
 
formulaic
 
adj

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formulaic
1882, from formula + -ic.
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Example sentences
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.
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