con·​for·​mi·​ty | \kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē \
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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The Duffy-Heck measure would ensure that international negotiations are used to ease cross-border regulations rather than force conformity with EU rules. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Treasury Misfire," 28 Nov. 2018 The Sisters reportedly formed as an antidote to the boring conformity its founders saw occurring in San Francisco’s gay Castro District. Daniel Villarreal, Vox, "Drag queens are more political than ever. Can they lead a movement?," 5 Nov. 2018 Omnipotent coaches like Jack Ramsay and Harry Litwack demanded fundamentals, discipline, and conformity. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "Temple's Drew Nolan, the Owl without an off-switch | Frank's Place," 8 June 2018 Psychologists wrote the book on unhealthy aspects of peer pressure, obsessive desire for conformity and acceptance, groupthink and intellectual dishonesty, but seem unable to diagnose and treat their own afflictions. WSJ, "The Doublespeak on Innate Sex Differences," 25 June 2018 Sociologists speculated that there was something unique about the empty materialism and stifling conformity of Japanese society that drove youngsters to look for an alternative. The Economist, "On the hanging of Shoko Asahara, Japan’s nerve-gas guru," 12 July 2018 Community has been so commonly conflated with conformity. Sons Of An Illustrious Father, Billboard, "Sons of an Illustrious Father: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community," 10 June 2018 Warren in particular sees the heist as an act of existential revolt against conformity, a chance to break out of the dreary destiny that seems to be the lot of young men oblivious to their own privileges. Bart Layton, New York Times, "Review: In ‘American Animals,’ These Guys Didn’t Visit the Library to Study," 30 May 2018 The affectation becomes a symbol of conformity, and worse, a betrayal of self. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "When Black Performers Use Their ‘White Voice’," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of conformity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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