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n. pl. for·mal·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being formal.
2. Rigorous or ceremonious adherence to established forms, rules, or customs.
3. An established form, rule, or custom, especially one followed merely for the sake of procedure or decorum.
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Noun1.formalities - a requirement of etiquette or custom; "a mere formality"
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
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The circumstances of Blanche Stroeve's death necessitated all manner of dreadful formalities, but at last we were allowed to bury her.
With these formalities was born the Clan Torn, which grew in a few years to number a thousand men, and which defied a king's army and helped to make Simon de Montfort virtual ruler of England.
'You hear him, ma'am?' said Mr Pluck, looking round; 'you hear the unimpeachable testimony of my friend Pyke--that reminds me,-- formalities, formalities, must not be neglected in civilised society.
But as for my duties here, inquiries and all such formalities .
"All the formalities have been gone through; the inquiry is already made."
"You have indeed, squire," said the lady, "delivered your message with all the formalities such messages require; rise up, for it is not right that the squire of a knight so great as he of the Rueful Countenance, of whom we have heard a great deal here, should remain on his knees; rise, my friend, and bid your master welcome to the services of myself and the duke my husband, in a country house we have here."
There were few formalities observed in approaching the Martian chieftain.
The SBP has issued licences to two private companies, which will begin their operations after completion of formalities and compliance with the regulations laid down in the Credit Bureau Act 2015.
The body and injured were shifted to JPMC for medico-legal formalities and treatment, respectively.
"Out of the demand of Rs 56 billion received from all federal entities, this ministry has authorized Rs 22.6 billion to different ministries/divisions, which meet SOP/codal formalities for release authorization.
22.6 billion to different ministries/division which meet SOP/codal formalities for release authorization.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 8 (ANI): Indian sprinter Dutee Chand on Thursday requested External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar to help her complete the visa formalities so that she can participate in the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) tournaments.