well-formed


Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to well-formed: Well-formed XML

well-formed

adj
1. (Logic) logic linguistics (of a formula, expression, etc) constructed in accordance with the syntactic rules of a particular system; grammatically correct
2. (Linguistics) logic linguistics (of a formula, expression, etc) constructed in accordance with the syntactic rules of a particular system; grammatically correct
well-formedness n

well′-formed′



adj.
1. rightly or pleasingly formed: a well-formed contour.
2. (of an utterance) conforming to the rules of a language; grammatical.
[1510–20]
well-form′ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.well-formed - conforming to the rules of grammar or usage accepted by native speakers; "spoke in grammatical sentences"
Translations

well-formed

[ˌwelˈfɔːmd] ADJ (Ling) → gramatical
References in classic literature ?
He managed to watch her leaving that afternoon, and he was aware for the first time that she was well-formed, and that her manner of dress was satisfying.
White Helmets volunteers found the bodies of the dead woman and her well-formed baby lying next to her open stomach -- the umbilical cord still attached -- an AFP correspondent said.
Their skull with well-formed and curved horns was also craved for.
"This is a well-formed approach from the leadership of Azerbaijan.
The resemblances between Welsh/ UK and Canadian democracy are sufficiently well-formed to see what might happen here.
While in today's world of information technology, what one needs is a well-formed mind rather than a well-filled mind capable of dealing with unfamiliar issues, facts and figures.
After two to three weeks check for roots - if they are well-formed remove your polythene tent and pot the cuttings into 9cm diameter pots.
Klang Utara district police chief ACP Mazelan Paijan said the well-formed baby, with the umbilical cord attached, was found by passers-by on the bridge.
We need more people like Anthony Padovano--open, educated religious leaders who will speak plainly about church teachings to support informed and well-formed lay decision making.
BPGR's rating reflects the experience and qualification of the executives, the well-formed and consistent practices of the investment process, and the robust, automated and integrated front/back office system.
Writing for computational as well as theoretical linguists, Seuren presents a family of rule systems for four European languages (and a small one for Turkish) to convert semantic analyses of sentences, expressed in an orthodox variety of Predicate Calculus, into well-formed syntactic surface structures that can be fed directly into a proper morphology.