Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing.
Belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished from the matter composing it; having the power of making a thing what it is; constituent; essential; pertaining to or depending on the forms, so called, of the human intellect.
Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent.
Devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules; punctilious; regular; orderly; methodical; of a prescribed form; exact; prim; stiff; ceremonious; as, a man formal in his dress, his gait, his conversation.
Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. George Washington
formal in Afrikaans is formeel
formal in Dutch is afgemeten, ceremonieel, plechtig
formal in German is formal, formale, formell
formal in Italian is formale, formale
formal in Latin is formalis
formal in Norwegian is formell
formal in Spanish is formal
formal in Swedish is formell
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