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Formulation is a member of the word family formula, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun formulation

What does formulation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: formulations

  1. a substance prepared according to a formula
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of formulation: preparation
    • more generic terms: chemical compound / compound = a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
    • more specific terms:
      • cleansing agent / cleanser / cleaner = a preparation used in cleaning something
      • glycerinated gelatin = a gelatinous preparation made from gelatin and glycerin and water
      • nebula = a medicinal liquid preparation intended for use in an atomizer
      • polish = a preparation used in polishing
      • starch = a commercial preparation of starch that is used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering
      • smelling salts = a pungent preparation of ammonium carbonate and perfume
  2. inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally
  3. the style of expressing yourself

Alternative definition of the noun formulation


  1. The act, process, or result of formulating or reducing to a formula.
  2. [medicine] A medicinal preparation

Specialised definition of the noun formulation

Glossary of pesticide

pesticide product offered for sale

  • note: It generally comprises active ingredient(s), adjuumt(s) and other formulants combined to render the product useful and effective for the purpose claimed.


  1. Formulation is a term used in various senses in various applications, both the material and the abstract or formal. Its fundamental meaning is the putting together of components in appropriate relationships or structures, according to a formula. It might help to reflect that etymologically Formula is the diminutive of the Latin Forma, meaning shape.
  2. Formulation is the process of devising a recipe or formula for a product, i.e. deciding what quantities of what ingredients should be added in what sequence, and what processing steps should be taken to provide the final product. This recipe is then termed a formula or a formulation.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Formulation

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Google previewA Clinician's Guide to Think Good-Feel Good (2005)

Using CBT with Children and Young People by Paul Stallard

The formulation is a shared understanding of the onset and maintenance of the child's presenting problems described within a cognitive behavioural framework. The formulation is a prerequisite of any individual intervention and provides the explicit, shared, working hypothesis that is...

Google previewClinical Case Formulation (2009)

Varieties of Approaches by Peter Sturmey

Case formulation is a key skill for mental health practitioners, and this book provides examples of ten case formulations representing the most common mental health problems in a variety of populations and contexts, offering commentary on ...

Google previewThe Trauma Therapies (2014)

by John Marzillier

A formulation is a way of bridging the gap, of making sense of labels such as depression and PTSD in terms of the individual...

Google previewStrategic Mgmt & Bus Policy 3E

by Kazmi

Retrenchment and Restructuring CHAPTER EIGHT Business-level Strategies CHAPTER NINE Strategic Analysis and Choice The third part of this book on strategy formulation is the most comprehensive of all containing seven chapters.

Google previewIntroduction to the US Food System (2014)

Public Health, Environment, and Equity by Roni Neff

Formulation Methods Formulation is the act of combining ingredients to create or improve a food. This is the process most people think of when referring to “ processed food.” Formulation is what turns ground meat into sausage and milk into ice ...

Google previewApplied Integer Programming (2011)

Modeling and Solution by Der-San Chen, Robert G. Batson, Yu Dang

The fundamental difference between the conventional formulation and the column generation formulation is that the IP...

Google previewBehavioral Case Formulation and Intervention (2008)

A Functional Analytic Approach by Peter Sturmey

Case formulation is a key skill for clinicians from many clinical disciplines. Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors and social workers and other therapists all claim a special understanding of human behavior. To do so is a marker of ...

Google previewClinical Psychology for Trainees (2014)

by Andrew C. Page, Werner G. K. Stritzke

Chapter Case formulation is a hypothesis about the causes, precipitants, and maintaining influences of a person's...

if the treatment is the locomotive and the client's problems are the carriages, then the case formulation is the coupling that ...

Google previewClinical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy (2012)

Controversies in Practice by Linda Robertson

Case formulation is a useful way to integrate the answers to these questions.

to be supported through 'clinical experiments', we can then judge that our case formulation is a good fit for the data available (in other words, this unique person) , ...

Google previewProgressive Counting Within a Phase Model of Trauma-Informed Treatment (2013)

by Ricky Greenwald

The case formulation is the product, or outcome, of the evaluation. It's the therapist's explanation...

The case formulation is an opportunity to teach the client about the problem and how the client's trauma/loss history contributes to the problem.

Google previewHandbook of Networks in Power Systems I (2012)

by Alexey Sorokin, Steffen Rebennack, Panos M. Pardalos, Niko A. Iliadis, Mario V. F. Pereira

The formulation is a quadratic convex problem whose solution provides the quantities supplied, quantities demanded and the locational marginal prices ( LMPs). Several approaches have been developed to find equilibrium bidding strategies ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

Despite the large number of reference grammars on the market and the important role which grammar rules play in many classrooms, there appears to be relatively little coherent theory underlying rule formulation. This is somewhat surprising ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (2002)

Volume 45 - Supplement 30 by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

the system can provide efficient visual support for easy query formulation. Displaying a visual representation of the information space. for instance. lets users directly point at the information they are looking for. without any need to ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Pyrotechnics (2012)

(and Related Subjects) by K.L. Kosanke, Barry T. Sturman, Robert M. Winokur, B.J. Kosanke

Formulation 1 is simply hand-made meal powder with a binder. Formulation 2 is the same as the first but enhanced with added silicon. The silicon is a high- energy fuel and forms molten glass as it burns, both of which increase its igniting ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management (2005)

by Abraham Pizam

Managers obtain clear, thorough and accurate information Strategic formulation 603 from the frontline and throughout the organizational hierarchy. By synthesizing this information, managers compare actual outcomes with expectations ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Pest Management (2002)

by David Pimentel, Ph.D.

The criteria for selection include the need to be user and environment friendly, and, while auxiliaries are considered to be "inert" in comparison with the active ingredient, the biological efficacy of the product may be optimized by the formulation ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Communication (2014)

by Teresa L. Thompson

Afirst aspectin message formulation isthe framing used todeliver ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics (2013)

by R.L. Trask

The formulation of constraints on rules has been increasingly regarded as important in recent years; within GB, it is typically seen as more important than the formulation of the rules themselves. Cf. filter. construal, rule of /k9n'stru:9l/ n. In GB ...

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Quotes about Formulation

As financial markets continue to broaden and deepen, the behavior of asset prices will play an important role in the formulation of monetary policy going forward, perhaps a more important role than in the past. (Timothy Geithner)
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The value of this 11-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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