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Modus operandi

“Modus operandi” is a Latin term that means “mode of operation” or “method of operating” in English. It’s often abbreviated as “MO”. In law enforcement and criminal investigations, “modus operandi” refers to the specific way or pattern in which a person or group carries out a particular activity or crime. It involves the techniques, procedures, habits, and tactics that individuals or organizations consistently use when conducting their operations. Analyzing a person’s modus operandi can help in identifying suspects, understanding their behavior, and predicting future actions. The term is not limited to criminal activities and can be used more broadly to describe how individuals or entities typically go about their activities or operations in various fields.

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