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

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 Unabridged
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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

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Word Origin & History

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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