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formally

[ fawr-muh-lee ]
/ ˈfɔr mə li /
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adverb

in a formal manner: The store was formally opened on Tuesday.
as regards form; in form: It may be formally correct, but it is substantively wrong.

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RELATED WORDS

regularly, properly, correctly, customarily, orderly, precisely, suitably, befittingly, ceremoniously, conventionally, fittingly

Nearby words

formalin pigment, formalise, formalism, formality, formalize, formally, formalwear, formamidase, forman, formant, format

Origin of formally

1350–1400; Middle English. See formal1, -ly
Can be confusedformally formerly
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adv.

c.1400, "in good form," from formal + -ly (2). Meaning "in prescribed or customary form" is from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper