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[fawr-muh-lee] /ˈfɔr mə li/
in a formal manner:
The store was formally opened on Tuesday.
as regards form; in form:
It may be formally correct, but it is substantively wrong.
1350-1400; Middle English. See formal1, -ly
Can be confused
formally, formerly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Now the south will have to focus on the intricate process of formally disentangling itself from the north.
  • Show that you're a hipster through your accessories or your shoes, but dress formally.
  • Though formally homeless, few of those who lack settled abodes sleep on the streets, nor do many live in dingy hotels or hostels.
  • Unless formally hedged, plants require little pruning.
  • Elderly professors should be addressed formally at first encounter.
  • In the two weeks after the bombing, the police detained several hundred people for questioning and formally arrested six of them.
  • The officials ruled that the artifacts would remain in the cave until the government formally registered the site.
  • The game-ranch acreage is more than double the amount of land formally protected as national and provincial parkland.
  • The pair is expected to be formally sentenced in several months.
  • There wasn't anything explicit in the letter about formally accepting the terminal year.
Word Origin and History for formally

c.1400, "in good form," from formal + -ly (2). Meaning "in prescribed or customary form" is from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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