Synonyms for *formula*

- blueprint
- canon
- code
- credo
- creed
- custom
- description
- direction
- equation
- form
- formulary
- maxim
- method
- precept
- prescription
- principle
- procedure
- rite
- ritual
- rote
- rubric
- specifications
- theorem
- way
- modus operandi

Antonyms for *formula*

## EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FORMULA

The formula came glibly, but it was from the lips only that it came.

Where was the formula, the dogma, that would satisfy the hopes of the mankind of to-day?

The cutting harshness of Pierre's formula struck him in the heart.

Such a formula expresses the commandment of sexual ethics as we have defined it.

Paine was indeed of no century, and no formula of classification can confine him.

That formula of card and messenger is so convenient and so cheap.

So regular was his formula that I may omit it and you suppose it, every time that he opened his mouth.

But he had only half the formula, the half he himself had developed.

As you know, we produced our halves of the formula separately.

With Klae gone, I could find no trace of his half of the formula.

## WORD ORIGIN

1630s, "words used in a ceremony or ritual," from Latin formula "form, draft, contract, regulation; rule, method, formula," literally "small form," diminutive of forma "form" (see form (n.)).

Modern sense is colored by Carlyle's use (1837) of the word for "rule slavishly followed without understanding" [OED].

Mathematical use is from 1796; use in chemistry is from c.1846.