- 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.
Origin of formality
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Examples from the Web for formalities
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...
March 17, 2014
The Copenhagen climate talks (Conference of the Parties 15, or COP15) were supposed to conclude with formalities.Talk About a Climate Catastrophe
December 19, 2009
But these old boxes and formalities still determine how entities are viewed and regulated.Why Obama Should Hire Eliot Spitzer
April 6, 2009
One can never tell what delays or formalities there may be.'
I want to know if there are any formalities to be gone through.'
The Regent was the last man in the world to care for these formalities.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
"We might waive the formalities in the interests of justice," purred the Lieutenant.The Strolling Saint
There were no formalities over measurements of blades or selection of ground.Scaramouche
- 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
Word Origin and History for formalities
1530s, "agreement as to form," from Middle French formalité (15c.) or directly from Latin formalis "formal" (see formal). Originally "literary form;" meaning "something done for the sake of form" is from 1590s. Related: Formalities.