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formality

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noun for·mal·i·ty \fȯr-ˈma-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of formality

  • : a formal quality

  • : something that is required or usual but that has little true meaning or importance

  • : a formal part, activity, etc.

Full Definition of formality

plural for·mal·i·ties

  1. 1 :  compliance with formal or conventional rules :  ceremony

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being formal

  3. 3 :  an established form or procedure that is required or conventional <the interview was just a formality>

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.



1597

First Known Use of formality

1597


FORMALITY Defined for Kids

formality

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noun for·mal·i·ty \fȯr-ˈma-lə-tē\

Definition of formality

plural for·mal·i·ties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being formal <the formality of the occasion>

  2. 2 :  an established way of doing something <wedding formalities>





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