- 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
Examples from the Web for conformity
Ginsberg the ad man beats back against the conformity of the computer and is swallowed whole.Mad Men’s ‘The Runaways’: Three-Way Sex and Self-Mutilation in the Craziest Episode Yet
May 12, 2014
Funeral was about childhood and death; Neon Bible was about organized religion; The Suburbs was about community and conformity.‘Reflektor’ Makes Arcade Fire the Biggest Band in the World
October 29, 2013
The playground, especially among little boys, is a place of cowardice and conformity.Can the Holocaust be Funny?
April 6, 2013
This view is accurate—Kesey is certainly interested in conformity and its discontents—but incomplete.Ken Kesey’s Wars: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” at 50
July 26, 2012
What I found interesting was that Romney was evidently such an enforcer of conformity.More on the (Not Actually Debunked) Bully Story
May 11, 2012
It is a right to be exercised in subordination to the Constitution and in conformity to it.
Neatness was at all times my pride; but now plainness was the conformity to necessity.Beaux and Belles of England
A man must consider what a blindman's-buff is this game of conformity.
I hope in these days we have heard the last of conformity and consistency.
In conformity with Oriental usage, the congregation was divided according to the sexes.Byeways in Palestine
- 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
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.