well-formed

[ wel-fawrmd ]
/ ˈwɛlˈfɔrmd /

adjective

rightly or pleasingly formed: a well-formed contour.
Linguistics. (of an utterance) conforming to the rules of a language; grammatical (opposed to ill-formed).

Origin of well-formed

First recorded in 1510–20

Related forms

well-form·ed·ness [wel-fawr-mid-nis, -fawrmd-] /ˈwɛlˈfɔr mɪd nɪs, -ˈfɔrmd-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for well-formedness

well-formed


adjective

logic linguistics (of a formula, expression, etc) constructed in accordance with the syntactic rules of a particular system; grammatically correct

Derived Forms

well-formedness, noun
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