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formal system

noun
1.
(logic) an uninterpreted symbolic system whose syntax is precisely defined, and on which a relation of deducibility is defined in purely syntactic terms; a logistic system Also called formal theory, formal calculus Compare formal language
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  • In cutting, which has a so-called apprenticeship lasting from two to six years, there is no formal system of instruction.

  • No one ever lived who had not a little more to say for himself than any formal system of justice was likely to say for him.

    Robert Browning G. K. Chesterton
  • He was not concerned with the theories of Evolution, the Pragmatic Philosophy or any other formal system of learning or ethics.

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