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well-formed

[wel-fawrmd] /ˈwɛlˈfɔrmd/
adjective
1.
rightly or pleasingly formed:
a well-formed contour.
2.
Linguistics. (of an utterance) conforming to the rules of a language; grammatical (opposed to ill-formed).
Origin of well-formed
1510-1520
1510-20
Related forms
well-formedness
[wel-fawr-mid-nis, -fawrmd-] /ˈwɛlˈfɔr mɪd nɪs, -ˈfɔrmd-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • Quartz in the form of rock crystal occurs in all parts of the globe, and for the most part in well-formed crystals.

  • His face was well-formed, except that the nose was too large and too prominently aquiline.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • Notwithstanding this, however, it was a careful and well-formed hand.

    Girls New and Old L. T. Meade
  • When we got to Carlton, however, there came a hitch in my well-formed arrangements.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • As he walked there was the rippling play of well-formed muscle under his brown skin.

    The Black Phantom Leo Edward Miller
  • There will always be rich and poor, as there will always be well-formed men and hunchbacks.

    Ten Tales Franois Coppe
  • Pir Bakhs bowed and salaamed by the door, his well-formed polished face wreathed in many smiles.

    Six Women Victoria Cross
  • The hands and feet are shapely, the limbs strong and well-formed.

  • Good, well-formed writing comes first and foremost, making use of the reed and quill pen in the formation of letters.

British Dictionary definitions for well-formed

well-formed

adjective
1.
(logic, linguistics) (of a formula, expression, etc) constructed in accordance with the syntactic rules of a particular system; grammatically correct
Derived Forms
well-formedness, noun
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