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formality

noun for·mal·i·ty \fr-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.

plural for·mal·i·ties

Full Definition of FORMALITY

1
:  compliance with formal or conventional rules :  ceremony
2
:  the quality or state of being formal
3
:  an established form or procedure that is required or conventional <the interview was just a formality>
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Examples of FORMALITY

  1. Her use of old-fashioned language lends an air of formality to her writing.
  2. He failed to appreciate the formality of the occasion.
  3. They haven't approved the loan yet, but that's just a mere formality.

First Known Use of FORMALITY

1597
FORMALITY Defined for Kids

formality

noun for·mal·i·ty \fr-ˈma-lə-tē\
plural for·mal·i·ties

Definition of FORMALITY for Kids

1
:  the quality or state of being formal <the formality of the occasion>
2
:  an established way of doing something <wedding formalities>

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