Modus-operandi Definition

mōdəs ŏpə-răndē, -dī
modi-operandi
noun
A method of operating or functioning.
American Heritage
A way of doing or accomplishing something.
Webster's New World
A person's manner of working.
American Heritage
A method of operating.
Webster's New World Law

(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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Other Word Forms of Modus-operandi

Noun

Singular:
modus-operandi
Plural:
modi-operandi, modus operandis

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

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