[ kuhn-fawr-mi-tee ]
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noun,plural con·form·i·ties.
  1. action in accord with prevailing social standards, attitudes, practices, etc.

  2. correspondence in form, nature, or character; agreement, congruity, or accordance.

  1. compliance or acquiescence; obedience.

  2. (often initial capital letter) compliance with the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.

  3. Geology. the relationship between adjacent conformable strata.: Compare unconformity (def. 2a).

Origin of conformity

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English conformite, from Middle French, from Late Latin confōrmitās; equivalent to conform + -ity

Other words from conformity

  • an·ti·con·form·i·ty, noun, plural an·ti·con·form·i·ties.
  • hy·per·con·form·i·ty, noun
  • pre·con·form·i·ty, noun
  • sem·i·con·form·i·ty, noun
  • su·per·con·form·i·ty, noun

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How to use conformity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conformity



/ (kənˈfɔːmɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ities or -ances
  1. compliance in actions, behaviour, etc, with certain accepted standards or norms

  2. correspondence or likeness in form or appearance; congruity; agreement

  1. compliance with the practices of an established church

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Cultural definitions for conformity


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 (see also organization man), peer group, and peer pressure.)

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