from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being informal.
  • n. An informal act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being informal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being informal; lack of regular, prescribed, or customary form.
  • n. An informal, unconventional, or unofficial act or proceeding; something which is not in proper or prescribed form or does not conform to the established rule.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being informal; want of regular or customary form; an informal act or procedure: as, the informality of legal proceedings may render them void.

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

  • n. a manner that does not take forms and ceremonies seriously
  • n. freedom from constraint or embarrassment


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • But that same informality is what gets him into the most trouble - his "shoot from the lip" style of snap decisions, giving little thought or serious consideration to a position, leading to the need for "clarifying" his former position, or even denying or contradicting it as political considerations (i.e. what his handlers) demand.

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  • Its informality is obvious, and the sentence style is easy and plain.

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  • But they profess to believe that informality is liberating (in spite of their tyrannical attempts to impose it).

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  • Boldly expanding his no-frills model into new markets, Stelios (he insists on first-name informality) plans to open the first easyHotel in London this year with prices from [Pound sterling] 5 a night, an easyBus fleet and easyCruise, slated to sail next summer.

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  • This has to be scary for Rove because it's that easethat Bush has, that informality, which is his asset.

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  • I might simply say that G-7 meetings, although we're in favor of the idea of informality, that's something that's always stressed in the case of the summits.

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  • No matter if you find this kind of informality to be appropriate or not, it seems to resonate more than not [with consumers].

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  • Kudos to him for a very readable and informative piece, which shows how the "informality" of blogs is an asset in presenting complex information.

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  • How accurate is the portray of the Scottish independent spirit and informality which is not necessarily the same as egalitarianism, since some sort of hierarchy or seniority exists, and the concern for honor?

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