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
Recent Examples on the Web Being an immigrant population, young South Asians often feel the pressure of conformity. Amanat Khullar, Quartz India, "How LGBTQ+ members of the South Asian diaspora navigate stigma and stress," 29 Dec. 2020 On standards, there is no mutual recognition of conformity assessments in the deal, meaning manufacturers will have to get their products approved separately by regulators in both markets. Deirdre Hipwell,, "Brexit Deal Hands Business a Mix of Relief, Unwanted Change," 27 Dec. 2020 This looming existential dread and the small, conservative California towns where he was raised were a powerful force against which Zappa reacted with music that constantly defied convention and conformity. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Alex Winter captures the art of being Frank in the documentary ‘Zappa’," 25 Nov. 2020 But in Singapore, where social responsibility and conformity are buttressed by perhaps the most impressive array of rules in the developed world, the ambassadors are treated as another paternalistic fact of life. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "Singapore’s Red Ants are here to remind (and occasionally shame) you about mask-wearing," 19 Nov. 2020 Council member Lee Kleinman pressed the issue of inconsistency, suggesting that the city use LED conformity as leverage when their franchise agreement is up for reconsideration. Dallas News, "Dallas upgrading 1,000 street lights to LED, expanding Wi-Fi to needed areas," 9 Nov. 2020 Clark presents the social, political, and cultural forces that forged Plath’s interests, ambitions, and anxieties: pressures of gender and class; the Holocaust and nuclear warfare; the conformity of mid-century America. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 2 Nov. 2020 Instead, the forces of ideological correctness demand intellectual and even political conformity and seek out dissenting voices to humiliate and silence. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Totalitarianism on Campus," 17 Oct. 2020 Enter, too, almost immediately, the association between hedges and conformity. Kieran Dodds; Text By Peter Ross, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Hedges Became the Unofficial Emblem of Great Britain," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of conformity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Conformity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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