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Definition 1: compliance with formal rules - [noun denoting act]

Samples where formality or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • courtroom formality

(formality is a kind of ...) acting according to certain accepted standards

"their financial statements are in conformity with generally accepted accounting practices"

(formality is the usage domain for ...) (formal) any non-European non-white person

(formality is the usage domain for ...) (formal) a person who announces important news

"the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet"

(formality is the usage domain for ...) (formal) extreme depression

(formality is the usage domain for ...) (formal) ordinary and not refined

"he felt contempt for all banausic occupations"

(formality is the usage domain for ...) (formal) in or into that thing or place

"they can read therein what our plans are"

(formality is the usage domain for ...) (formal) by means of this

"I hereby declare you man and wife"

Definition 2: a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where formality or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention

Synonyms for formality in the sense of this definition

(formality is a kind of ...) a way of acting or behaving

(... is a kind of formality ) a ceremonial manner

(... is a kind of formality ) an elaborate manner of doing something

"she served coffee with great stateliness"

(... are attributes of formality) being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)

"pay one's formal respects" "formal dress" "a formal ball" "the requirement was only formal and often ignored" "a formal education"

(... are attributes of formality) not formal

"conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress" "an informal free-and-easy manner" "an informal gathering of friends"

(... are attributes of formality) (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms

"the paper was written in formal English"

(... are attributes of formality) used of spoken and written language

Definition 3: a requirement of etiquette or custom - [noun denoting event]

Samples where formality or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a mere formality

Synonyms for formality in the sense of this definition

(formality is a kind of ...) a formal event performed on a special occasion

"a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"

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