conformity

noun
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

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For Akela, Mowgli’s belonging is secured by his actions and his conformity with wolf society. Sue Walsh, Quartz India, "There’s more to “The Jungle Book” than colonial stereotypes," 21 Aug. 2019 What had started out as a search for God and answers to life’s disturbing questions had, over the course of 100 years or so, turned into control and conformity — complete allegiance to the group became all that mattered. Amber Scorah, BostonGlobe.com, "Losing my religion," 8 Aug. 2019 Meg’s faults, in other words, are a response to a world that tries to push her into conformity. Constance Grady, Vox, "A Wrinkle in Time is a joyous celebration of its heroine’s anger," 29 Nov. 2018 In his satirical images, Orozco targeted US public education and conformity, academe’s ivory tower, a corrupting military, and the mortal sacrifices of nationalistic war. Steve Burkholder, BostonGlobe.com, "Two fine arts sites beckon in New Hampshire," 25 July 2019 Over all, Bouton portrayed the game — its players, coaches, executives and most of the writers who covered them — as a world of amusing, foible-ridden, puerile conformity. Bruce Weber, New York Times, "Jim Bouton, Author of Tell-All Baseball Memoir ‘Ball Four,’ Dies at 80," 10 July 2019 Nor did the tyranny of Parliament end with religious conformity. Declan Leary, National Review, "Conservatives Should Not Celebrate Religious Tyranny and Coercion," 19 July 2019 The idea is an integral part of our national identity that serves as a bulwark against the universal human propensity to impose conformity by force. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: What John Andrews got wrong is that all religions are susceptible to abuse," 18 July 2019 My friends had an ambivalence about conformity and an awareness of heteronormativity’s reach likely as deep as my own. Logan Scherer, Curbed, "Housesitting made me want a life I thought I didn’t need," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of conformity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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conformity

noun

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

conformity

noun
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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