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[wel-fawrmd] /ˈwɛlˈfɔrmd/
rightly or pleasingly formed:
a well-formed contour.
Linguistics. (of an utterance) conforming to the rules of a language; grammatical (opposed to ill-formed).
Origin of well-formed
First recorded in 1510-20
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[wel-fawr-mid-nis, -fawrmd-] /ˈwɛlˈfɔr mɪd nɪs, -ˈfɔrmd-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • And the body is fairest which grows up straight and well-formed from the time of birth.

    Laws Plato
  • This one should be well matured, at least at the base, and should have well-formed eyes.

  • His face was well-formed, except that the nose was too large and too prominently aquiline.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • When we got to Carlton, however, there came a hitch in my well-formed arrangements.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • Maud, the eldest girl, had very straight, well-formed features.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • There will always be rich and poor, as there will always be well-formed men and hunchbacks.

    Ten Tales Franois Coppe
  • Some of the women are beautiful, and all the young appeared to me to be well-formed.

  • The hands and feet are shapely, the limbs strong and well-formed.

  • They had well-formed tents, abundance of bedding, and ample fires.

    Archibald Hughson W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for well-formed


(logic, linguistics) (of a formula, expression, etc) constructed in accordance with the syntactic rules of a particular system; grammatically correct
Derived Forms
well-formedness, noun
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