- action in accord with prevailing social standards, attitudes, practices, etc.
- correspondence in form, nature, or character; agreement, congruity, or accordance.
- compliance or acquiescence; obedience.
- (often initial capital letter) compliance with the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.
- Geology. the relationship between adjacent conformable strata.Compare unconformity(def 2a).
Origin of conformity
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- compliance in actions, behaviour, etc, with certain accepted standards or norms
- correspondence or likeness in form or appearance; congruity; agreement
- compliance with the practices of an established church
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early 15c., conformyte, from Middle French conformité (14c.), from Late Latin conformitatem (nominative conformitas), from conformis "similar in shape," from conformare (see conform). Modern form is from 17c.
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