Definition of formulaic
1 : produced according to a formula or set of formulas : adhering to set forms or conventions a formulaic response a movie with a formulaic plot … much of the will's language was formulaic, in accordance with Venetian customs.— Laurence Bergreen The film … uses simple, formulaic storytelling to spin the tale of Bella, a rescued pit bull who makes her way home after a two-year walkabout.— Katie Walsh
2 : of or relating to a mathematical formula Those projections prompted the department to evaluate the state tax withholding tables. In September, the department found the formulaic error that had apparently been there, undetected, for at least 15 years.— Kathryn Palmer
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