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 Flood broke with the sport’s culture of conformity and refused to accept the Cardinals’ right to deal him, becoming a pioneer and a pariah. Ronald Blum, The Denver Post, "Curt Flood set off the baseball free-agent revolution 50 years ago," 24 Dec. 2019 This conformity is why Mrs. Pelosi has for the most part not struggled for votes. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Pelosi’s Prima Donnas," 11 July 2019 Wild mink, because of their lack of conformity, have not been able to fill in for ranch stock. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Fur is the ultimate insulator, but there are fewer trappers in Alaska these days," 18 Jan. 2020 In the very first TV commercial for the 1984 Mac, Apple depicts a young woman wearing a tank top with the Macintosh logo literally smashing the gospel of conformity (as embodied in a Big Brother-like talking head on a TV screen) with a sledgehammer. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "The Steve Jobs speech that made Silicon Valley obsessed with pirates," 22 Oct. 2019 Even within the parties, there is dynamism, although perhaps less so among Republicans, given their general conformity around conservatism. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Shock: US edges more 'center-right,' just 24% liberal," 9 Jan. 2020 Amid all these incidents, reports have surfaced about a culture at Boeing where profits are placed above people, deflection above honesty and conformity above criticism. Ashley Fulmer For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "How Boeing could still win back our trust," 4 Dec. 2019 But the Virtuosi players went for formality without conformity., "Sphinx Virtuosi play in living color at Gardner Museum - The Boston Globe," 15 Oct. 2019 According to the report, the upcoming generation doesn’t subscribe to gender conformity. NBC News, "This company hired Gen Zs to report on their peers — here's what we learned," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of conformity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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14 Feb 2020

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“Conformity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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