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Definition of Formality


  1. The condition or quality of being formal, strictly ceremonious, precise, etc.
  2. Form without substance.
  3. Compliance with formal or conventional rules; ceremony; conventionality.
  4. An established order; conventional rule of procedure; usual method; habitual mode.
  5. The dress prescribed for any body of men, academical, municipal, or sacerdotal.
  6. That which is formal; the formal part.
  7. The quality which makes a thing what it is; essence.
  8. The manner in which a thing is conceived or constituted by an act of human thinking; the result of such an act; as, animality and rationality are formalities.

Formality Quotations

When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.
Erma Bombeck

I despise formal restaurants. I find all of that formality to be very base and vile. I would much rather eat potato chips on the sidewalk.
Werner Herzog

Every time a pundit or elected official is on any TV news program, it should be a polite formality to mention that GE has made such and such billions off the war in Iraq by selling arms or that Murdoch is a right-wing activist with a clear stake in who wins and who taxes his profits the least.
Adam McKay

Grilling takes the formality out of entertaining. Everyone wants to get involved.
Bobby Flay

I am actually extremely casual in certain environments. But one of the reasons I like living in London, I like the formality of it, as compared to the formality of America - or informality. I like putting on a suit. I like putting on a tie.
Tom Ford
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Formality Translations

formality in Norwegian is formalitet
formality in Spanish is requisito
formality in Swedish is formalitet

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