from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being formal.
- n. Rigorous or ceremonious adherence to established forms, rules, or customs.
- n. An established form, rule, or custom, especially one followed merely for the sake of procedure or decorum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being formal.
- n. Something said or done as a matter of form.
- n. A customary ritual without new or unique meaning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition or quality of being formal, strictly ceremonious, precise, etc.
- n. Form without substance.
- n. Compliance with formal or conventional rules; ceremony; conventionality.
- n. An established order; conventional rule of procedure; usual method; habitual mode.
- n. The dress prescribed for any body of men, academical, municipal, or sacerdotal.
- n. That which is formal; the formal part.
- n. The quality which makes a thing what it is; essence.
- n. The manner in which a thing is conceived or constituted by an act of human thinking; the result of such an act.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition or quality of being formal; specifically, rigid or undue observance of forms or established rules, as in style, conduct, or procedure; especially, the sacrifice of substance or spirit to form; conventionality.
- n. The result of exclusive attention to the rules of art, without life or spontaneity.
- n. An established order; a rule of proceeding; a formal mode or method: as, the formalities of judicial process; formalities of law.
- n. Validity; binding force.
- n. Customary behavior or dress, or customary ceremony; ceremonial.
- n. In philosophy, external appearance; formal part.
- n. In the philosophy of Duns Scotus, a formal element of being; a quidditative ens, or anything belonging thereto except an intrinsic mode.
- n. The character of the formal in the Kantian sense: universality and necessity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. compliance with formal rules
- n. a requirement of etiquette or custom
- n. a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies
formal + -ity (Wiktionary)