conformity

noun
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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My friends had an ambivalence about conformity and an awareness of heteronormativity’s reach likely as deep as my own. Logan Scherer, Curbed, "Housesitting made me want a life I thought I didn’t need," 20 June 2019 Offbeat imagery and marketing approach are hallmarks of KEX, captured in its website Manifesto promoting the decline of craftsmanship and the rise of conformity. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "Iceland’s KEX to become latest European brewery to join Portland beer scene," 25 June 2019 Tax conformity requires a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to pass, so the pressure is on. Laurel Rosenhall, The Mercury News, "California just passed a $215 billion budget. Here’s what’s between the lines.," 14 June 2019 The statements show how the party enforces ideological conformity after a crisis. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China’s ‘Black Week-end’," 17 June 2019 Indeed, in 14 years on the professional tennis tour, Bartoli was not known for conformity. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Marion Bartoli Is Nearly Back," 28 Feb. 2018 The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, proposed mandates to negotiate agreements on industrial goods and conformity assessments that would slash tariffs and cut red tape. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "EU’s Trade Surplus With U.S., a Bone of Contention for Trump, Hits Record," 15 Feb. 2019 The production is intended as a fable of self-acceptance and non-conformity — not to mention, extreme physical fun versus passive digital addiction. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "In Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta,’ acro-bicyclists soar and an aerialist hovers in the air by her hair," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of conformity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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conformity

noun

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

conformity

noun
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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