Examples from the Web for formalism
He was accused of “formalism,” a catch-all accusation that, like “Trotskyite,” had the ring of execution about it.
The concept is that the formalism of past summits has made meaningful conversation difficult.At the U.S.-China Summit, Friendship Isn’t What Matters|Gordon G. Chang|June 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Following this train of thought, Bouterwek left the Kantian position through his opposition to its formalism.
He freed the science of politics from the formalism of the scholastics and brought it close to concrete reality.
Was there in this formalism a life which escapes us, as we handle the dry bones of antiquarianism?The Religion of Ancient Rome|Cyril Bailey
The How is decided by the standpoint which reduces that formalism to a special system.Pedagogics as a System|Karl Rosenkranz
But I believe my efforts will not be narrowed and circumscribed and bound down by formalism and caste.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for formalism
- the mathematical or logical structure of a scientific argument as distinguished from its subject matter
- the notation, and its structure, in which information is expressed