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Formal meaning

formal - 10 dictionary results

  1. 1. represented in simplified or symbolic form
  2. 2. See Methylal.
  3. 3. Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing.
  4. 4. Belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished from the matter composing it; having the power of making a thing what it is; constituent; essential; pertaining to or depending on the forms, so called, of the human intellect.
  5. 5. Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent.
  6. 6. Devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules; punctilious; regular; orderly; methodical; of a prescribed form; exact; prim; stiff; ceremonious; as, a man formal in his dress, his gait, his conversation.
  7. 7. Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc.
  8. 8. Dependent in form; conventional.
  9. 9. Sound; normal.
  10. 10. According to form; ceremonious; pertaining to form.

formal - examples of usage

  1. We do not make any formal bargain. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  2. And I have had no real chance of talking about it- to you, sir- without asking for a formal interview. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  3. " It is very cold and formal from the outside, but inside I sense a place where there is bad magic. - "Syndrome", Thomas Hoover.
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