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[fawr-myuh-leyt] /ˈfɔr myəˌleɪt/
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.
Origin of formulate
1855-60; formul(a) + -ate1
Related forms
[fawr-myuh-luh-buh l] /ˈfɔr myə lə bəl/ (Show IPA),
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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Examples from the Web for unformulated
Historical Examples
  • The clutch of an unformulated doubt had checked the words on her lips.

    Bunner Sisters Edith Wharton
  • Independence and optimism are vital parts of his unformulated creed.

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • Something as yet unformulated within her kept her estranged from all these practical aspects of her beliefs.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • And they worked as if under the impulse of some unformulated motive.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • A formula for doing a thing that, unformulated, would land the doer in jail.

    The Roycroft Dictionary Elbert Hubbard
  • Justine's desire to leave him had revived his unformulated distrust of her.

    The Fruit of the Tree Edith Wharton
  • If the fears of Ulster took any concrete form, it would be easier to combat them; but they are unformulated, nebulous.

    The Framework of Home Rule Erskine Childers
  • Sypher liked Rattenden because he could often put into a phrase his own unformulated ideas.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • Gravitation was a force whose laws and character were yet unformulated.

  • Confounded by this practical expression of his own unformulated good intentions, the Right Bower was staggered.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for unformulated


verb (transitive)
to put into or express in systematic terms; express in or as if in a formula
to devise
Derived Forms
formulator, noun
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Word Origin and History for unformulated



1860, "to express in a formula," from formula + -ate. Related: Formulated; formulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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