- The definition of a modus operandi is a way of doing something.
An example of modus operandi is driving on the left side of the road in the US.
modus operandi definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin
modus operandi definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. mo·di operandi Abbr. MO
- A method of operating or functioning.
- A person's manner of working.
Origin: New Latin modus operandī : Latin modus, mode + Latin operandī, genitive sing. gerund of operārī, to work.
modus operandi - Cultural Definition
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.”
modus operandi - Legal Definition