Definitions

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  • adj. formalist

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by formalism.

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

  • adj. concerned with or characterized by rigorous adherence to recognized forms (especially in religion or art)

Etymologies

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formalist +‎ -ic

Examples

  • No state and no single politician can suppress or evade the moral and political obligations that these Articles impose by taking refuge in formalistic arguments couched in terms of international law.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 1975 - Presentation Speech

  • These two responses give us versions of fictionalism that, for lack of a better pair of terms, can be called formalistic fictionalism and intention-based fictionalism.

    Fictionalism in the Philosophy of Mathematics

  • As mentioned earlier, theoretical discussions of political representation have focused mainly on the formal procedures of authorization and accountability within nation states, that is, on what Pitkin called formalistic representation.

    Political Representation

  • The result may appear "formalistic" in a given case to partisans of the measure at issue, because such measures are typically the product of the era's perceived necessity.

    Give me liberty or give me health care

  • The emphasis on cheesiness in Coeur de Lion and on the 'bad bad' in Minnis seem to me to be wanting to mobilise our ideas of the 'poorly written', the 'formalistic', the 'faux-edgy' as these things themselves are sort of the contraband property of poetry and literature in this time and place.

    David's comment

  • So, Natasha's flaw is in attributing to a kind of formalistic mistake, a technical flaw in the construction of the show, what should rightly be read into ours and Weiner's very schizophrenia about the 60s, equality, consumerism, the American Dream - the whole kit and caboodle.

    The Corner on National Review Online

  • John Hannah, who served as Vice President Dick Cheney's national security adviser said, "As good as the relationship was in the Bush administration, the interagency strategic dialogue was useful, but tended to be formalistic, which is different than high-level strategic consultations.

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  • 'formalistic' in a given case to partisans of the measure at issue, because such measures are typically the product of the era's perceived necessity.

    AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed

  • The most popular explanation will be a drop in standards: that commissioners have become hedonistic in a formalistic way.

    Poets on television

  • Tobias. is a master of serious, austere, formalistic German techno—so much so that the period after his name has come to feel earned.

    Home Cooking, Foreign Fare

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