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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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formulaically adverb
… his songs still stick formulaically to the surface of pop entertainments. — David Sargent The price of admission to local social functions is often expressed formulaically as 'Gentlemen $2, ladies a plate', meaning a plate of scones or the like. — Robert Burchfield

First Known Use of formulaic

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Formulaic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of formulaic

: produced according to a formula : not new or original
: commonly used

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