formality

[fawr-mal-i-tee]
noun, plural formalities.
1.
condition or quality of being formal; accordance with required or traditional rules, procedures, etc.; conventionality.
2.
rigorously methodical character.
3.
strict adherence to established rules and procedures; rigidity.
4.
observance of form or ceremony.
5.
marked or excessive ceremoniousness.
6.
an established order or method of proceeding: the formalities of judicial process.
7.
a formal act or observance.
8.
something done merely or mainly for form's sake; a requirement of custom or etiquette: the formality of a thank-you note.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin fōrmālitās. See formal1, -ity


7. rite, ritual, ceremony.
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formality (fɔːˈmælɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a requirement of rule, custom, etiquette, etc
2.  the condition or quality of being formal or conventional
3.  strict or excessive observance of form, ceremony, etc
4.  an established, proper, or conventional method, act, or procedure

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formality
1530s, from M.Fr. formalité, from L. formalis formal (see formal). Originally literary form; meaning something done for the sake of form is from 1590s. Related: Formalities.
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Example sentences
Perhaps it is more left coast, but it seems that quality and currency count
  more than formality.
Giving circles range in formality from potluck dinners to incorporated
  nonprofit organizations.
The waterfalls don't stand on formality or any kind of artsy airs.
The formality of the pool also enhances the contrast.
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