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

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 There are even pearls, that symbol of mid-century feminine conformity, styled by and for Gen Z by Presley Oldham. Alexandra Lange, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2022 Yet Haynes ignores the fact that, 50 years on, and many pop evolutions after VU infected the culture, Millennial pop today tends toward compliance, conformity, and elitism. Armond White, National Review, 15 Oct. 2021 Like the killjoy 1970s, automakers are threatened by government rules forcing conformity (mpg mandates in the ‘70s, EV mandates today). Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 As a being and falling in line, orientation isn’t disciplinary conformity to a norm, but a directionality or course or tendency to have capacities that will contribute positively to the reproduction of hegemonic society. Longreads, 19 Apr. 2022 Social media and conformity may be killing gay culture, but everyone participates joyfully in the music video Curtis is making to attract more followers. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Note that the simple correlations between college education and career success do not control for intelligence, persistence and conformity. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Their only choice is between conformity and arrest. Alex Garcia, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 For Lapid, as an Israeli director, a woman’s knee is an inflection point of politics and repression, violence and power, and art is a battleground between conformity and freedom. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of conformity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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