modus operandi

noun mo·dus ope·ran·di \ˌmō-dəs-ˌä-pə-ˈran-dē, -ˌdī\

: a usual way of doing something; especially : the usual way that a particular criminal performs a crime

plural mo·di operandi \ˈmō-ˌdē-, ˈmō-ˌdī-\

Full Definition of MODUS OPERANDI

:  a method of procedure; especially :  a distinct pattern or method of operation that indicates or suggests the work of a single criminal in more than one crime


New Latin
First Known Use: 1654

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance


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