Modus-operandi meaning

mō'dəs ŏp'ə-răn'dē, -dī'
A way of doing or accomplishing something.
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A person's manner of working.
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A method of operating.
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A method of operating or functioning.
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(colloquial) A person or thing's normal mode of operation.
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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.

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(law enforcement) A known criminal's established habits and mode of work when committing specific offences, especially fraud, matched with characteristics of an unsolved crime to narrow down (limit to a specific list) or profile suspects.
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Origin of modus-operandi

  • New Latin modus operandī Latin modus mode Latin operandī genitive sing. gerund of operārī to work
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin modus operandi, from modus (“manner, method") and operandi (“of working")
    From Wiktionary