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formulism

[ fawr-myuh-liz-uhm ]
/ ˈfɔr myəˌlɪz əm /
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noun

adherence to or reliance on formulas.

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Origin of formulism

First recorded in 1830–40; formul(a) + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM formulism

for·mu·list, nounfor·mu·lis·tic, adjectiveun·for·mu·lis·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for formulism

formulism
/ (ˈfɔːmjʊˌlɪzəm) /

noun

adherence to or belief in formulas

Derived forms of formulism

formulist, noun, adjectiveformulistic, adjective
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