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modus operandi

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

Simple Definition of modus operandi

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

Full Definition of modus operandi

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

  1. :  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

Origin of modus operandi

New Latin


First Known Use: 1654


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