American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Similarity in form or character; agreement: I acted in conformity with my principles.
- n. Action or behavior in correspondence with socially accepted standards, conventions, rules, or laws: conformity to university regulations.
- n. Geology The relationship between adjacent layers of sedimentary rock.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Correspondence in form or manner; resemblance; agreement; congruity; likeness; harmony: in this and the next meaning, followed by to or with before the object with which another agrees, and in before the matter in which there is agreement: as, a ship is constructed in conformity to or with a model; conformity in shape.
- n. Submission; accordance; acquiescence.
- n. In English history, adherence to the Established Church, or compliance with its requirements and principles. Full conformity was required by so called acts of uniformity passed by Parliament in 1553 (extended in 1593) and 1662, all other forms of worship being prohibited, and observance of them made punishable by deprivation of legal rights, imprisonment, and even death. These laws were enforced with varying degrees of rigor, but were greatly relaxed in terms at the revolution of 1688; and by later enactments the disabilities created by them have been almost wholly removed. See
- n. In geology, parallelism of dip and strike between two strata or groups of strata. It may be produced by faulting, differing in this respect from conformability.
- n. State of things being similar, or identical.
- n. A point of resemblance; a similarity.
- n. The ideology of adhering to one standard or social uniformity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Correspondence in form, manner, or character; resemblance; agreement; congruity; -- followed by
to, with, or between.
- n. (Eng. Eccl. Hist.) Compliance with the usages of the Established Church.
- n. correspondence in form or appearance
- n. orthodoxy in thoughts and belief
- n. hardened conventionality
- n. acting according to certain accepted standards
- n. concurrence of opinion
“I think that kind of conformity is something that is imposed by turning the citizen into a customer.”
“The self-titled debut album from The Urgency is a lesson in conformity and catchy hooks.”
“The lawful inhabitants of all territories occupied by Israel since June 5, 1967 must have unimpeded access to international waters and air space, in conformity with all UN resolutions and international law.”
“Bartlett understands that “rigid conformity is being enforced.””
“Their actions were in conformity with their declared intentions: they could have dropped off the aid, had it screened and forwarded on.”
“Here, conformity is valued above all else, and suspicion governs every exchange among neighbors, classmates, and even friends.”
“These innovations alone were supposed to represent the true spirit of the Council, and starting from and in conformity with them, it would be possible to move ahead.”
“The judge pointed out that all these activities are unconstitutional and not in conformity with Hungary's international obligations.”
“I think I can concede that the political branches of government do not always act in conformity with the written constitution without surrendering the idea that the written words of constitution can and should be used to constrain those branches.”
“Pillay is "concerned about reports of an increasing number of arrests, which may not be in conformity with the law, and the possible illegal use of excessive force and acts of violence by some militia members," her office said.”
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