Modus Operandi

A Latin term used in English to describe an individual or group's habitual way of operating. The term is commonly used when discussing criminal behavior, but does not exclusively refer to criminal behavior. Modus operandi is often shortened to M.O. in both writing and speaking.

A ponzi scheme's M.O. is to take money from new investors and use it to pay off old investors to create the appearance that the old investors are earning a return. A straight-A student's M.O. might be to get all her homework done the day before it is due, never miss a class and visit professors during their office hours once a week.

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  • modus operandi — mo·dus ope·ran·di /ˌmō dəs ˌä pə ran dē, ˌdī/ n [New Latin, manner of operating]: a distinct pattern or method of operation esp. that indicates or suggests the work of a single criminal in more than one crime Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law.… …   Law dictionary

  • Modus Operandi — Pour les articles homonymes, voir MO. def : manière de procéder Modus operandi (MO) est une phrase latine, traduite approximativement par « mode d opération » ou mode opératoire . Le pluriel est modi operandi (« modes d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • modus operandi — ⇒MODUS OPERANDI, subst. masc. DR. (criminologie). Manière caractéristique d un criminel, qui peut aider à l identifier. Transcrits sur fiches perforées, ces renseignements concernent (...) les mobiles apparents ou supposés, le signalement des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • modus operandi — Loc. lat. que significa ‘modo de obrar’. Se emplea como locución nominal masculina: «Los individuos utilizaban en los distintos embarques el mismo modus operandi de ocultar la droga entre cargas de madera» (NProvincia [Arg.] 12.3.97). Es… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • modus operandi — way of doing or accomplishing, 1650s, Latin, lit. “mode of operating” (see MODUS (Cf. modus)). Abbreviation m.o. is attested from 1955 …   Etymology dictionary

  • modus operandi — ► NOUN (pl. modi operandi) ▪ a way of operating or doing something. ORIGIN Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • Modus operandi — Mo dus op er*an di[L.], manner of operating. Often abbreviated to {MO} [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Modus operandi — (lat.: „Art des Handelns“ oder „Art der Durchführung“) wird in der Kriminalistik benutzt, um die Verhaltensweisen, einen speziellen Stil, Muster oder Charakteristika eines Kriminellen zu beschreiben (vgl. Tathergang). Der Terminus wird auch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Modus operandi —         (лат.) способ действия. Философский энциклопедический словарь. М.: Советская энциклопедия. Гл. редакция: Л. Ф. Ильичёв, П. Н. Федосеев, С. М. Ковалёв, В. Г. Панов. 1983 …   Философская энциклопедия

  • Modus operandi — Modus operandi, que literalmente significa modo de operar , es una expresión latina de uso frecuente tanto en español como en otras lenguas occidentales. En el lenguaje común esta expresión se refiere a la manera habitual o característica de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • modus operandi — / mɔdus ope randi/ locuz. lat. (propr. modo di operare ), usata in ital. come s.m. [maniera di fare, di agire] ▶◀ comportamento, condotta, modo di fare …   Enciclopedia Italiana

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