conformity

noun

con·​for·​mi·​ty kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē How to pronounce conformity (audio)
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

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 My manager's aversion to creativity left our team in a stifled state of conformity. Morgan Massie, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 This was the initial stage of awards-season conformity, using sheer numbers to discourage — censor — diversity of opinion. Armond White, National Review, 19 Jan. 2024 To expect conformity, after all, would risk perpetuating the Plastics’ own mistake, forcing a promising newcomer to be nothing more than an expert piece of mimicry. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 There is ample evidence that deliberation can, in fact, lead to groupthink (greater conformity) or even group polarization (whereby individual beliefs are intensified). Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 In an era where conformity was the norm, Richard’s inner struggles were a symphony of discordant notes. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 3 Oct. 2023 But here’s where the left and right get snagged by Orwell’s warning: University speech codes and bans on DEI both lead to ideological conformity. Mary Ellen Klas, Twin Cities, 28 Jan. 2024 To lose SoundCloud in a world that increasingly favors imitation, theft, and conformity, seems especially cruel. Jason Parham, WIRED, 14 Jan. 2024 Many company towns compelled conformity through violence, but Pacific Lumber came to depend, to an unusual degree, on perks. Michael Waters, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conformity was in the 15th century

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“Conformity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conformity. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

conformity

noun
con·​for·​mi·​ty kən-ˈfȯr-mət-ē How to pronounce conformity (audio)
plural conformities
1
: agreement in form, manner, or character
behaved in conformity with their beliefs
2
: action in accordance with a standard or authority : obedience
conformity to social custom

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