conformity

noun con·for·mi·ty \ kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

Definition of conformity

plural conformities
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

  1. The corporate culture demands a certain conformity of appearance.

  2. the simple lifestyle of the Amish is in conformity with their ascetic religious beliefs

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First Known Use of conformity

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CONFORMITY Defined for English Language Learners

conformity

Definition of conformity for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

conformity

noun con·for·mi·ty \ kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē \

Definition of conformity for Students

plural conformities
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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