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a. Relating to or involving outward form or structure, often in contrast to content or meaning.
b. Being or relating to essential form or constitution: a formal principle.
2. Following or being in accord with accepted or prescribed forms, conventions, or regulations: had little formal education; went to a formal party.
a. Characterized by strict or meticulous observation of forms; methodical: very formal in their business transactions.
b. Stiffly ceremonious: a formal greeting.
4. Characterized by technical or polysyllabic vocabulary, complex sentence structure, and explicit transitions; not colloquial or informal: formal discourse.
5. Having the outward appearance but lacking in substance: a formal requirement that is usually ignored.
Something, such as a gown or social affair, that is formal in nature.
[Middle English, from Latin fōrmālis, from fōrma, shape.]
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|Noun||1.||formalness - a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies; "the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention"|
ceremoniousness - a ceremonial manner
stateliness - an elaborate manner of doing something; "she served coffee with great stateliness"
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