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 The second half of the 20th century was a period of liberalization, both social and economic, pursued in response to excessive cohesion experienced as constriction and conformity. Yuval Levin, WSJ, "‘The Upswing’ Review: Bowling Alone No More?," 9 Oct. 2020 Americans are rather more capable of (in this sense) being disagreeable than Canadians, who are renowned for their politeness and conformity. Philip Cross, National Review, "What Canada’s Response to the Pandemic Says about Canada — and the U.S.," 12 Aug. 2020 This was a decade when Tocqueville’s ideal balance between individual liberty and communal solidarity tipped too far in the direction of the latter, producing an atmosphere of stifling conformity. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "From I to We," 17 Sep. 2020 There are ample opportunities to adjust rate schedules or other tax system features to accommodate revenue neutrality while pursuing this conformity action. Mark Haveman, Star Tribune, "A tax reform in Minnesota that's badly needed, long overdue," 4 Sep. 2020 Cultural factors have also played an important role in Japan’s acceptance of mask-wearing, its emphasis on hygiene, its conformity to rules. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "As infections ebb, Japan hopes it has cracked the covid code on coexisting with the virus," 19 Sep. 2020 Prosecutors say the report provides a foundation for the state's theory that Ramos was not mentally ill and acted in conformity with other mass shooters' behaviors. Brian Witte, Star Tribune, "Judge rules on scope of testimony in newspaper shooting case," 18 Sep. 2020 To be sure, cancellation is a cudgel for conformity. Greg Weiner, National Review, "Cancel Culture Is Not the Problem; Conformity Culture Is," 10 Sep. 2020 For example, the study results suggested that mountains might underlie lower scores for conscientiousness, a measure of conformity. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Mountain Peaks Seem to Shape Personality Traits in the American West," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of conformity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Oct 2020

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“Conformity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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