conformity

[kuhn-fawr-mi-tee]
noun, plural conformities.
1.
action in accord with prevailing social standards, attitudes, practices, etc.
2.
correspondence in form, nature, or character; agreement, congruity, or accordance.
3.
compliance or acquiescence; obedience.
4.
(often initial capital letter) compliance with the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.
5.
Geology. the relationship between adjacent conformable strata. Compare unconformity ( def 2a ).

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English conformite < Middle French < Late Latin confōrmitās. See conform, -ity

anticonformity, noun, plural anticonformities.
hyperconformity, noun
preconformity, noun
semiconformity, noun
superconformity, noun
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conformity or conformance (kənˈfɔːmɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ities, -ances
1.  compliance in actions, behaviour, etc, with certain accepted standards or norms
2.  correspondence or likeness in form or appearance; congruity; agreement
3.  compliance with the practices of an established church
 
conformance or conformance
 
n

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conformity
c.1430, conformyte, from Fr. conformité (14c.), from V.L. conformitatem, from conformare (see conform). Modern form is from 17c.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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