as a matter of form

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

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“As a matter of form.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/as%20a%20matter%20of%20form. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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