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[in-fawr-mal-i-tee] /ˌɪn fɔrˈmæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural informalities for 2.
the state of being informal; absence of formality.
an informal act.
Origin of informality
1590-1600; in-3 + formality
Related forms
superinformality, noun, plural superinformalities. Unabridged
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  • Delighted by the island chain's climate, informality and remoteness, the couple extended their stay to four months.
  • When a question is considered informally, the proceedings should be kept as usual, as the only informality is in the debate.
  • If ever in doubt what to wear, the best rule is to err on the side of informality.
  • But about twenty years ago the era of informality set in and has been gaining ground ever since.
  • These prices seem suitable to compete with its main rival in an economy with high informality and low income: cash.
  • The informality of the country makes it much easier for reporters to call high officials at their cell phones over the weekend.
  • Raised by parents who stressed individualism and informality, kids have grown up in a society that is more open.
  • The latest development in traditional decor is an informality in style that invites a casual rather than a formal way of life.
  • Even in a country known for its casual dress, informality has its limits.
  • Most of all, she exudes an earthy, likeable informality that few entertainers possess.
British Dictionary definitions for informality


noun (pl) -ties
the condition or quality of being informal
an informal act
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Word Origin and History for informality

1590s, from informal + -ity.

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