as a matter of form

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of as a matter of form

used to say that something is done because it is polite, usual, or required
  • He was asked to participate only as a matter of form.

Word by Word Definitions

matter play
  1. : a subject under consideration

  2. : a subject of disagreement or litigation

  3. : the events or circumstances of a particular situation

  1. : to form or discharge pus : suppurate

  2. : to be of importance : signify

form play
  1. : the shape and structure of something as distinguished from its material

  2. : a body (as of a person) especially in its external appearance or as distinguished from the face : figure

  3. : beauty

  1. : to give a particular shape to : shape or mold into a certain state or after a particular model

  2. : to arrange themselves in

  3. : to model by instruction and discipline

  1. : formic acid

  1. : in the form or shape of : resembling


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