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logic an uninterpreted symbolic system whose syntax is precisely defined, and on which a relation of deducibility is defined in purely syntactic terms; a logistic systemAlso called: formal theory, formal calculus Compare formal language
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He thinks that the less formal system at Oxford might have suited my brother better.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.|Sir Leslie Stephen
He was not concerned with the theories of Evolution, the Pragmatic Philosophy or any other formal system of learning or ethics.A Daughter of the Middle Border|Hamlin Garland
In cutting, which has a so-called apprenticeship lasting from two to six years, there is no formal system of instruction.Wage Earning and Education|R. R. Lutz
No one ever lived who had not a little more to say for himself than any formal system of justice was likely to say for him.Robert Browning|G. K. Chesterton