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 (sĕm′ē-fôr′məl, sĕm′ī-)
1. Moderately formal: a semiformal dance.
2. Suitable or appropriate for a moderately formal occasion: semiformal attire.
Something, such as a dance, that is semiformal in nature.
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1. (of an event etc) not wholly formal, somewhat formal
2. (Clothing & Fashion) (of clothing) not wholly formal; between formal and informal in style
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(ˌsɛm iˈfɔr məl, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

containing some formal elements: semiformal attire.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.semiformal - moderately formalsemiformal - moderately formal; requiring a dinner jacket; "he wore semiformal attire"; "a black-tie dinner"
formal - being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"
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The evidence data collection may be conducted formally, informally or semiformally.
Another notable group often associated with this camp is the Association of Militant Clergy (Jameeh Rowhaniyyat-e Mobarez), influential conservative clerics who organized themselves semiformally in the early 1980s and soon became dominant in the Guardian Council, the Special Court for the Clergy and the Assembly of Experts.
Iterative design is a process in which designers first propose an idea and then test it with users formally or semiformally using approaches such as focus groups, design workshops (in which users see a planned product and offer feedback), and usability rests.