for·mal·i·ty noun \fȯr-ˈma-lə-tē\
: a formal quality
: something that is required or usual but that has little true meaning or importance
: a formal part, activity, etc.
: the quality or state of being formal
: an established form or procedure that is required or conventional <the interview was just a formality>
Examples of FORMALITY
- Her use of old-fashioned language lends an air of formality to her writing.
- He failed to appreciate the formality of the occasion.
- They haven't approved the loan yet, but that's just a mere formality.
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