- 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.
Definition for formal (2 of 2)
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Examples from the Web for formal
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
“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
By late Jan. 2003, Tenet had signed the first formal guidelines for interrogation and confinement.
When Jackson found out about this campaign against him a year later, he made a formal request that every charge be investigated.
It commands with absolute lordship, but it can discipline for disobedience only by slow and formal judicial process.Congressional Government|Woodrow Wilson
But is it not known by those who look closely upon the world that there is nothing so tragic as the formal?Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete|Gilbert Parker
Formal mental instruction is still given to a large extent, and the older children are taught reading, writing and arithmetic.
With Massoudy begins also the formal discussion of geographical problems affecting Islam.
Of formal dinner-givings there might easily have been an end, since the construction camp had nothing to offer in return.A Fool For Love|Francis Lynde
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
Word Origin for formal
British Dictionary definitions for formal (2 of 2)
Word Origin for formal
Word Origin and History for formal
late 14c., from Old French formel (13c.) and directly from Latin formalis, from forma (see form (n.)). As a noun, c.1600 (plural) "things that are formal;" as a short way to say formal dance, recorded by 1906, U.S. college students.