formalism

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noun for·mal·ism \ˈfȯr-mə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of formalism

  1. 1 :  the practice or the doctrine of strict adherence to prescribed or external forms (as in religion or art); also :  an instance of this

  2. 2 :  marked attention to arrangement, style, or artistic means (as in art or literature) usually with corresponding de-emphasis of content

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1839

First Known Use of formalism

1839


FORMALISM Defined for English Language Learners

formalism

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noun for·mal·ism \ˈfȯr-mə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of formalism for English Language Learners

  • : a method, style, way of thinking, etc., that shows very careful attention to traditional forms and rules


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