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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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Examples for formality
  • Perhaps it is more left coast, but it seems that quality and currency count more than formality.
  • Giving circles range in formality from potluck dinners to incorporated nonprofit organizations.
  • The waterfalls don't stand on formality or any kind of artsy airs.
  • The formality of the pool also enhances the contrast.
  • We really want to get out of the formality of product launches.
  • But the meetings might not be much more than a formality.
  • Later in the conversation, you can usually relax the formality.
  • Some even go through the formality of an online prescription.
  • It's a really sweet look--adds a little formality to the orchard--and is a good use of this sturdy, undemanding plant.
  • Adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality.
British Dictionary definitions for formality

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 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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