con·​for·​mi·​ty | \ kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē How to pronounce conformity (audio) \
plural conformities

Definition of conformity

1 : correspondence in form, manner, or character : agreement behaved in conformity with her beliefs
2 : an act or instance of conforming her conformity with the latest fashions
3 : action in accordance with some specified standard or authority conformity to social custom conformity with the federal law and state insurance codes

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Examples of conformity in a Sentence

The corporate culture demands a certain conformity of appearance. the simple lifestyle of the Amish is in conformity with their ascetic religious beliefs
Recent Examples on the Web Your books and movies have a consistent theme: a hatred for bourgeois conformity. Claudia Dreifus, The New York Review of Books, "‘Comic Terrorism Really Works’: An Interview with John Waters," 29 Apr. 2021 Prosecutors say the report provides a foundation for the state's theory that Ramos was not mentally ill and acted in conformity with behaviors such as having a grievance. Brian Witte, Star Tribune, "Expert explains mental health report on newspaper gunman," 23 Apr. 2021 This was in conformity with the terms of the mandate and was arguably more restrictive than in South Africa itself. Paul Nugent, Quartz, "What Namibia’s breweries tell us about the nation’s past," 13 Mar. 2021 Amazingly, many of the most fervent supporters are young people who have seemingly forsaken youthful rebellion for slavish conformity. WSJ, "Psychology of the Online Censor: Covid-19 Edition," 18 Apr. 2021 The same estimate predicted conformity would decrease local government distributions by $93.7 million in the coming years. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, "Arizona Legislature won’t allow state tax on unemployment benefits, PPP loans," 15 Apr. 2021 Maximize effectiveness, not conformity. - Robin Ganzert, American Humane 9. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "10 Global Challenges To Overcome In 2021," 17 Mar. 2021 Once launched off the rails of conformity, Jane is a walking cataclysm. Washington Post, "Jeff VanderMeer’s ‘Hummingbird Salamander’ is a gripping eco-thriller full of cinematic set pieces," 6 Apr. 2021 This creates an illusion of ideological conformity. Keith E. Whittington, National Review, "Free Speech Is under Threat on College Campuses. Here’s How to Fight Back," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of conformity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of conformity was in the 15th century

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7 May 2021

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“Conformity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conformity

: behavior that is the same as the behavior of most other people in a society, group, etc.
: the fact or state of agreeing with or obeying something


con·​for·​mi·​ty | \ kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē How to pronounce conformity (audio) \
plural conformities

Kids Definition of conformity

1 : agreement in form, manner, or character The uniforms ensure conformity in dress.
2 : action in accordance with some standard or authority conformity to rules of etiquette

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