[ fawr-muh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈfɔr məˌlɪz əm /
strict adherence to, or observance of, prescribed or traditional forms, as in music, poetry, and art.
Religion. strong attachment to external forms and observances.
Ethics. a doctrine that acts are in themselves right or wrong regardless of consequences.
Logic, Mathematics. a doctrine, which evolved from a proposal of David Hilbert, that mathematics, including the logic used in proofs, can be based on the formal manipulation of symbols without regard to their meaning.
OTHER WORDS FROM formalism
for·mal·ist, noun, adjectivefor·mal·is·tic, adjectivefor·mal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·for·mal·ist, noun, adjective
non·for·mal·ism, nounnon·for·mal·is·tic, adjectiveun·for·mal·is·tic, adjective
Words nearby formalism
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-formalist
/ (ˈfɔːməˌlɪzəm) /
scrupulous or excessive adherence to outward form at the expense of inner reality or content
- the mathematical or logical structure of a scientific argument as distinguished from its subject matter
- the notation, and its structure, in which information is expressed
theatre a stylized mode of production
(in Marxist criticism) excessive concern with artistic technique at the expense of social values, etc
Derived forms of formalismformalist, nounformalistic, adjectiveformalistically, adverb
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