formulaic


formulaic
for|mu|la|ic [ˌfo:mjuˈleı-ık US ˌfo:r-] adj formal
containing or made from ideas or expressions that have been used many times before and are therefore not very new or interesting
Children love jokes and riddles that are heavily formulaic.

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