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

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In all these cases, cool meant elegant minimalism and detachment from conformity and the status quo. Marc Myers, WSJ, "The Original Cool of TV’s Peter Gunn," 31 Aug. 2018 Points of resistance — celebrity #nomakeup selfies, the rise of a few select plus-size models like Ashley Graham — function as feel-good distractions from the body conformity overwhelmingly prized on the platforms. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "‘I Feel Pretty’ and the Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism," 23 Apr. 2018 As part of a push to remove regulatory hurdles, the bloc also included another proposal on conformity assessments that would help trans-Atlantic exporters cut costs and red-tape on areas including testing, inspection and certification. Emre Peker, WSJ, "EU’s Narrow Focus for U.S. Trade Talks Risks Trans-Atlantic Clash," 18 Jan. 2019 The outperformance contrasts with unpleasant conformity across large swaths of the global stock, bond and commodity markets, which are all in negative territory. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Battered Global Investors Find an Unlikely Safe Space: Chinese Bonds," 28 Dec. 2018 While machines will do this work, don’t expect conformity in their outputs. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018 In the year's since, he's continued to push back against conformities across the fashion spectrum maintaining his where whatever, whenever attitude. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Jaden Smith Walked Out of Louis Vuitton With So Many Bags You Could Barely See Him," 4 Dec. 2018 However, many homosexuals hide their sexuality, even from their families, because of a fear of prejudice at school or work in a country where pressure for conformity is strong. Fox News, "Petition demands Japanese lawmaker apologize for LGBT remark," 31 Aug. 2018 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

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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 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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