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formality

[fawr-mal-i-tee] /fɔrˈmæl ɪ ti/
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
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin fōrmālitās. See formal1, -ity
Synonyms
7. rite, ritual, ceremony.
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British Dictionary definitions for formalities

formality

/fɔːˈmælɪtɪ/
noun (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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Word Origin and History for formalities

formality

n.

1530s, "agreement as to form," from Middle French formalité (15c.) or directly from Latin formalis "formal" (see formal). Originally "literary form;" meaning "something done for the sake of form" is from 1590s. Related: Formalities.

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