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 Dictionary entry overview: What does formulation mean? 

  The noun FORMULATION has 3 senses:

1. a substance prepared according to a formula
2. inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally
3. the style of expressing yourself

  Familiarity information: FORMULATION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A substance prepared according to a formula

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances


formulation; preparation

Hypernyms ("formulation" is a kind of...):

chemical compound; compound ((chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "formulation"):

cleaner; cleanser; cleansing agent (a preparation used in cleaning something)

glycerinated gelatin (a gelatinous preparation made from gelatin and glycerin and water; used as a base for ointments and suppositories)

nebula (a medicinal liquid preparation intended for use in an atomizer)

polish (a preparation used in polishing)

smelling salts (a pungent preparation of ammonium carbonate and perfume; sniffed as a stimulant to relieve faintness)

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Inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


conceptualization; conceptualisation; formulation

Hypernyms ("formulation" is a kind of...):

creating by mental acts (the act of creating something by thinking)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "formulation"):

approach; attack; plan of attack (ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation)

framing (formulation of the plans and important details)

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The style of expressing yourself

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


formulation; expression

Context examples:

he suggested a better formulation / his manner of expression showed how much he cared

Hypernyms ("formulation" is a kind of...):

expressive style; style (a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "formulation"):

choice of words; diction; phraseology; phrasing; verbiage; wording (the manner in which something is expressed in words)

Anglicism; Briticism; Britishism (an expression that is limited to English as spoken by Englishmen (especially as contrasted with American English))

Americanism (an expression that is characteristic of English as spoken by Americans)

idiom; parlance (a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language)

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

boilerplate (standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories)

archaicism; archaism (the use of an archaic expression)

honorific (an expression of respect)

sentimentalism (a sentimental expression or idea)

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