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[kuh n-fawr-mi-tee] /kənˈfɔr mɪ ti/
noun, plural conformities.
action in accord with prevailing social standards, attitudes, practices, etc.
correspondence in form, nature, or character; agreement, congruity, or accordance.
compliance or acquiescence; obedience.
(often initial capital letter) compliance with the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.
Geology. the relationship between adjacent conformable strata.
Compare unconformity (def 2a).
Origin of conformity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English conformite < Middle French < Late Latin confōrmitās. See conform, -ity
Related forms
anticonformity, noun, plural anticonformities.
hyperconformity, noun
preconformity, noun
semiconformity, noun
superconformity, noun Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ities, -ances
compliance in actions, behaviour, etc, with certain accepted standards or norms
correspondence or likeness in form or appearance; congruity; agreement
compliance with the practices of an established church
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Word Origin and History for conformity

early 15c., conformyte, from Middle French conformité (14c.), from Late Latin conformitatem (nominative conformitas), from conformis "similar in shape," from conformare (see conform). Modern form is from 17c.

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conformity in Culture

conformity definition

Agreement between an individual's behavior and a group's standards or expectations. A conformist is one who follows the majority's desires or standards. (See also beatniks, bureaucrat, organization man, peer group, and peer pressure.)

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