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[kuh n-fawr-mi-tee] /kənˈfɔr mɪ ti/
noun, plural conformities.
action in accord with prevailing social standards, attitudes, practices, etc.
correspondence in form, nature, or character; agreement, congruity, or accordance.
compliance or acquiescence; obedience.
(often initial capital letter) compliance with the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.
Geology. the relationship between adjacent conformable strata.
Compare unconformity (def 2a).
Origin of conformity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English conformite < Middle French < Late Latin confōrmitās. See conform, -ity
Related forms
anticonformity, noun, plural anticonformities.
hyperconformity, noun
preconformity, noun
semiconformity, noun
superconformity, noun Unabridged
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  • When they all fall into step, he points out the ease and danger of conformity.
  • Unfortunately, rural areas do have different cultures, and different pressures about group conformity.
  • Broadcasters are thus caught between the state and the market, between conformity and populism.
  • Egalitarian in spirit, this policy manifests itself as uniformity within conformity.
  • Furthermore, discussion groups establish unique norms of linguistic and social behavior so there are biases toward conformity.
  • Education is about conformity and drugs aid in that endeavor.
  • That's the kind of thing that leads to well-known phenomena of conformity, obedience to authority, and groupthink.
  • Do not be swayed by political conformity or accept superficial sources of information regardless of the trust you feel for them.
  • As in biology, diversity arises more easily when populations are isolated, and conformity when not.
  • Maybe it's the consistency of belief that devolves into mere conformity.
British Dictionary definitions for conformity


noun (pl) -ities, -ances
compliance in actions, behaviour, etc, with certain accepted standards or norms
correspondence or likeness in form or appearance; congruity; agreement
compliance with the practices of an established church
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Word Origin and History for conformity

early 15c., conformyte, from Middle French conformité (14c.), from Late Latin conformitatem (nominative conformitas), from conformis "similar in shape," from conformare (see conform). Modern form is from 17c.

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conformity in Culture

conformity definition

Agreement between an individual's behavior and a group's standards or expectations. A conformist is one who follows the majority's desires or standards. (See also beatniks, bureaucrat, organization man, peer group, and peer pressure.)

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