Definitions

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  • adv. In a formal manner.
  • adv. In accordance with official procedure.
  • adv. In accordance with rigorous rules.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a formal manner; essentially; characteristically; expressly; regularly; ceremoniously; precisely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a formal manner; as regards form; in form.
  • [In the Scotist philosophy this adverb was introduced into a proposition to show that it was true by virtue of a definition, or “identically.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a formal manner
  • adv. with official authorization

Etymologies

formal +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the following day, at nine o'clock, the term formally began.

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  • AZKent probably sums up my feelings but others have already made valid reasons why DC and his learned friends deserve the title formally held by the likes of the Great Train Robbers and Ali Baba and the 40 thieves.

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  • RIO DE JANEIRO: Deposed Honduran leader Manuel Zelayasaid he would remain at the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa until January 27, 2010 at the latest, when his term formally ends.

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  • Zelaya said he would remain at the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa until January 27, 2010 at the latest, when his term formally ends.

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  • Deposed Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya said he would remain at the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa until January 27, 2010 at the latest, when his term formally ends.

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  • This week, faculty members will begin formally debating whether to ask the board of trustees to reconsider the vote.

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  • Private data held by the government is often the result of legally required disclosures or of participation in formally optional licensing or benefit schemes where the government is as a practical matter the only game in town.

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  • Everyone at the Oaks is referred to formally as “Mrs.”

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  • McCain formally stepped down from his own institute in 2005, but he remains deeply linked to the Reform Institute to this day.

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  • When John McCain formally claims the Republican presidential nomination in St. Paul on Thursday night, he'll begin navigating one of the most challenging political environments of any White House aspirant.

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