- pertaining to form.
- Aristotelianism. not material; essential.
- (of a proof) in strict logical form with a justification for every step.
- (of a calculation) correct in form; made with strict justification for every step.
- (of a calculation, derivation, representation, or the like) of or relating to manipulation of symbols without regard to their meaning.
Origin of formal1
synonym study for formal
OTHER WORDS FROM formalfor·mal·ness, noun
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Other definitions for formal (2 of 2)
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How to use formal in a sentence
Broadly, the war is between the formal linguists and the sociolinguists.Talking Is Throwing Fictional Worlds at One Another - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Kevin Berger|September 9, 2020|Nautilus
Taking place after the 400-person formal dinner, it’s geared specifically toward younger people and costs less than one-third of the spring benefit’s entry-level ticket.How nonprofits are catering to millennials and rethinking the charity gala for younger generations|Rachel King|September 7, 2020|Fortune
No surprise, there’s been a trend away from formal event–oriented wear, but other than that there hasn’t been much change.The CEO striving to make vintage, secondhand clothing as popular as fast fashion|Rachel King|September 6, 2020|Fortune
Those interactions are less formal than what you get with video-conferencing services.Teemyco creates virtual offices so you can grab a room and talk with colleagues|Romain Dillet|September 4, 2020|TechCrunch
It’s not as formal as perhaps a medical leave of absence where a third party is approving a leave request.
As a result, training squadrons—called Formal Training Units (FTU)—are being staffed with less than half the people they need.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He hoped also to be a chaplain through his local church, and he was nearing the end of his formal training.
“The psychology of BDSM is lacking in other formal training regiments and interactions,” added Stella.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I remember that he's a food-and-wine maven and rather formal.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“To my knowledge, there was no formal consultation done with the tribes on this policy,” says Eid.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It|Abby Haglage|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Twice a year the formal invitation was sent out by the old nobleman to his only son, and to his two nephews.
Various matters mentioned by the governor receive perfunctory and formal answers.
Tressan advanced to meet him, a smile of cordial welcome on his lips, and they bowed to each other in formal greeting.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
She sat in a distant corner of the formal room discreetly lit by a shaded lamp.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
There were two hard formal-looking couches, with straight backs and spider legs.
British Dictionary definitions for formal (1 of 2)
- of or relating to form as opposed to matter or content
- pertaining to the essence or nature of somethingformal cause
- (in the writings of Descartes) pertaining to the correspondence between an image or idea and its object
- being in the formal mode