Modus-operandi

modus operandi

[moh-duhs op-uh-ran-dee, -dahy; Latin moh-doos oh-pe-rahn-dee]
noun, plural modi operandi [moh-dee op-uh-ran-dee, moh-dahy op-uh-ran-dahy; Latin moh-dee oh-pe-rahn-dee] .
mode of operating or working.

Origin:
1645–55; < Latin modus operandī

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modus operandi (ˈməʊdəs ˌɒpəˈrændiː, -ˈrændaɪ)
 
n , pl modi operandi
procedure; method of operating
 
[C17: from Latin]

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modus operandi
"way of doing or accomplishing," 1650s, L., lit. mode of operating (see modus).
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modus operandi (m.o.) [(moh-duhs op-uh-ran-dee, op-uh-ran-deye)]

The way someone does something; a characteristic method: “Her modus operandi in buying a new car always included a month of research.” This phrase, often abbreviated “m.o.,” is used by police to describe a criminal's characteristic way of committing a crime. From Latin, meaning “method of operation.”

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