- 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
Synonyms for formal
Origin of formal2
Related Words for formalprecise, academic, solemn, explicit, legal, strict, proper, ceremonial, polite, express, set, official, regular, ritual, nominal, approved, ceremonious, confirmed, conventional, decorous
Examples from the Web for formal
Contemporary Examples of formal
He hoped also to be a chaplain through his local church, and he was nearing the end of his formal training.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
“The psychology of BDSM is lacking in other formal training regiments and interactions,” added Stella.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
“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
December 13, 2014
When Jackson found out about this campaign against him a year later, he made a formal request that every charge be investigated.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
FWS submitted a formal rule and delisted the grizzly in 2007, but was sued by wildlife groups.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of formal
Yet the superscription is of his dictating, I dare say, for he is a formal wretch.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Again, the girl made her formal response in the affirmative, then left the room.Within the Law
It is not a thing for which one can render formal thanks in formal words.De Profundis
The tone was formal, and put Payne ten thousand leagues away from her.Quaint Courtships
He had known Jack's governor for years, and so a too formal introduction was unnecessary.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- 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
Word Origin 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.