verb (used with object), formulated, formulating.
to express in precise form; state definitely or systematically: He finds it extremely difficult to formulate his new theory.
to devise or develop, as a method, system, etc.
to reduce to or express in a formula.

1855–60; formul(a) + -ate1

formulable [fawr-myuh-luh-buhl] , adjective
formulation, noun
formulator, noun
nonformulation, noun
preformulate, verb (used with object), preformulated, preformulating.
preformulation, noun
unformulated, adjective
well-formulated, adjective

1. articulate, frame, compose, define, specify. Unabridged
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formulate (ˈfɔːmjʊˌleɪt)
1.  to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
2.  to devise

formulation (ˌfɔːmjʊˈleɪʃən)
1.  the act or process of formulating
2.  any mixture or substance prepared according to a particular formula
3.  a medicinal preparation administered in a specific form, such as a tablet, linctus, ointment, or injection

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Word Origin & History

1876, from formulate + -tion.

1860, to express in a formula, from formula + -ate. Related: Formulated; formulating.
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Example sentences
In his formulation he used geometry rather than the calculus.
The second part of that formulation explains both why planning won't work and
  why planning is necessary.
Question begging abounds in your formulation of the argument.
It is tempting to dismiss this trite formulation as a meaningless excuse for
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