- 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.
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Origin of formal1
synonym study for formal
OTHER WORDS FROM formalfor·mal·ness, noun
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Definition for formal (2 of 2)
Origin of formal2
Example sentences from the Web for formal
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.
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