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noun, plural for·mu·lar·ies.
  1. a collection or system of formulas.
  2. a set form of words; formula.
  3. Pharmacology. a book listing pharmaceutical substances and formulas for making medicinal preparations.
  4. a list of prescription drugs covered by a health insurance plan: You can search the online drug formulary to see if your prescriptions are covered by the plan.
  5. Ecclesiastical. a book containing prescribed forms used in the service of a church.
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  1. of or relating to a formula or formulas: the formulary aspect of a science.
  2. of the nature of a formula: He dispenses easy, formulary solutions to our problems.
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Origin of formulary

1535–45; < Middle French formulaire; see formula, -ary
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Related Words

code, creed, canon, credo, precept, rubric, custom, way, theorem, rite, method, blueprint, direction, description, form, maxim, prescription, equation, ritual, principle

Examples from the Web for formulary

Historical Examples

  • As for any formulary of religion, follow in that the fashion of your country—'

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851


  • In the formulary of the Church of England, might not thirty-eight out of the thirty-nine be very well spared?

    Science and Education

    Thomas H. Huxley

  • They were frequent enough to justify, in a Formulary of 1645, the insertion of a formula framed to meet them.

  • Democratic Socialism has, hitherto at least, adopted on its party programme no formulary of the normal working-day required by it.

    The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection

    Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schffle

  • This formulary may be considered specially successful and almost conclusive.

    The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection

    Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schffle

British Dictionary definitions for formulary


noun plural -laries
  1. a book or system of prescribed formulas, esp relating to religious procedure or doctrine
  2. a formula
  3. pharmacol a book containing a list of pharmaceutical products, with their formulas and means of preparation
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  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a formula
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Word Origin and History for formulary


1540s, from French formulaire "collection of formulae," from Latin formularius from formula (see formula).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

formulary in Medicine


  1. A book containing a list of pharmaceutical substances along with their formulas, uses, and methods of preparation.
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