condition or quality of being formal; accordance with required or traditional rules, procedures, etc.; conventionality.
rigorously methodical character.
strict adherence to established rules and procedures; rigidity.
observance of form or ceremony.
marked or excessive ceremoniousness.
an established order or method of proceeding: the formalities of judicial process.
a formal act or observance.
something done merely or mainly for form's sake; a requirement of custom or etiquette: the formality of a thank-you note.
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How to use formality in a sentence
In the absence of ceremonial formalities, Francis favored a business-like manner.
The Duke of Cambridge made the comment to a former regimental sergeant major, Ray Collister, 56, after the formalities.More Kids Planned Kate? No, One is Enough, At The Moment... | Tom Sykes | March 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Copenhagen climate talks (Conference of the Parties 15, or COP15) were supposed to conclude with formalities.
But these old boxes and formalities still determine how entities are viewed and regulated.
She waited for no further formalities, but shaken with the sure foreboding of calamity, turned and fled the room.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
"Now, you say you heard your sister scream," said the lawyer after the usual formalities had passed.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Neither of these formalities seems to have obtained generally in classical times.The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
The masseur had a great deal of trouble in explaining to her the parliamentary formalities of the verification of elections.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
He forgot one or two of the formalities which were religiously observed at that solitary table.With Edged Tools | Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for formality
a requirement of rule, custom, etiquette, etc
the condition or quality of being formal or conventional
strict or excessive observance of form, ceremony, etc
an established, proper, or conventional method, act, or procedure
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