formality

[ fawr-mal-i-tee ]
/ fɔrˈmæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural for·mal·i·ties.

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Origin of formality

From the Latin word fōrmālitās, dating back to 1525–35. See formal1, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for formality

formality
/ (fɔːˈmælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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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