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

1350–1400; Middle English. See formal1, -ly
Can be confusedformally formerly
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Related Words for formally

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

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Contemporary Examples of formally

Historical Examples of formally

  • He concluded by formally moving the presentation of the address to the Queen.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • With the other he had taken her fingers and raised them formally to his lips.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Through me, the Organisation now formally both forgets and forgives.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • But I have not formally introduced you to my fellow-offender.

  • This traffic is formally prohibited by most laws; but what are laws made for, if not to be broken?

Word Origin and History for formally


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

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