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Definitions of formal

  1. ( fine arts) represented in simplified or symbolic form
  2. refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; " a courtly gentleman"
  3. being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements ( as e. g. of formal dress); " pay one's formal respects"; " formal dress"; " a formal ball"; " the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; " a formal education"
  4. ( of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms; " the paper was written in formal English"
  5. logically deductive; " formal proof"
  6. characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; " formal duties"; " an official banquet"
  7. represented in simplified or symbolic form
  8. See Methylal.
  9. Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing.
  10. 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.
  11. Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent.
  12. 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.
  13. Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc.
  14. Dependent in form; conventional.
  15. Sound; normal.
  16. According to custom or established rules; precise; ceremonious; conventional; essential; having the outward shape without the inward reality.
  17. Formally.
  18. Methylal.
  19. According to form or established mode: ceremonious: methodical: having the form only: having the power of making a thing what it is: essential: proper.
  20. According to form; ceremonious; pertaining to form.
  21. According with established forms; ceremonial; ceremonious.
  22. Pertaining to form as opposed to substance; outward; external.
  23. According to form or established mode; methodical; strictly ceremonious: exact to affectation; done in due form; having the form without the substance; depending on customary forms; having the power of making a thing what it is; essential; proper.
  24. Strictly ceremonious; done in due form; according to regular method; having the form or appearance without the substance or essence.
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Quotes of formal

  1. America fell in love with the innocence of a kid who just was honest, saying, I did the best I could, and I had no formal training. – Paula Abdul
  2. Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors. – Ambrose Bierce
  3. My suggestion is that at each state the proper order of operation of the mind requires an overall grasp of what is generally known, not only in formal logical, mathematical terms, but also intuitively, in images, feelings, poetic usage of language, etc. – David Bohm
  4. Fred Astaire was a more formal trained dancer who loved waltzing and only danced with the girls. – Leslie Caron
  5. We want a vernacular in art. No mere verbal or formal agreement, or dead level of uniformity but that comprehensive and harmonizing unity with individual variety which can be developed among people politically and socially free. – Walter Crane
  6. The thinking was that so long as the British kept our basic documents in their hands and so long as they kept the formal right to change them, changes in our system would be careful and deliberate. – Stockwell Day
  7. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, which means I had a lot of formal training in reading. – Kate DiCamillo
  8. After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs. – Emily Dickinson
  9. I have enormous respect for Tom Daschle. The NRA has not yet taken a formal position on which I'm aware of on this matter, and I think Tom may be just getting a little ahead of things. – John Dingell
  10. The oak has long been an enduring and mighty tree. It is truly a part of our national heritage and it merits the formal distinction of America's National Tree. – Bob Goodlatte
  11. The formal Washington dinner party has all the spontaneity of a Japanese imperial funeral. – Simon Hoggart
  12. We cannot forget that our flag received its first foreign salute from a Dutch officer, nor that the Province of Friesland gave to our independence its first formal recognition. – Seth Low
  13. So I used formal techniques to make the film more perceptive emotionally. – Alain Resnais
  14. I started formal piano training when I was 4. From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons of every sort and description, and painting lessons. I had German. And shorthand. – Twyla Tharp
  15. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Communications and left formal education behind. – Sarah Zettel

Usage examples for formal

  1. But, formal as he was, there was a smile in his eyes. – The Boy Scout Aviators by George Durston
  2. But I fancy there would have been no formal opposition to the lecture, if Dempster had not planned it. – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  3. " But I've always known Dorothy-" " That makes no difference," the assistant said, and she presented them in formal manner. – Dorothy Dainty at Glenmore by Amy Brooks
  4. He had made his formal proposal for Arethusa's hand to Arethusa herself, as they sat side by side on the top step of the worn stone steps to the front porch. – The Heart of Arethusa by Francis Barton Fox
  5. Mostly formal calls occasioned by the happy return of His Highness. – Master Olof A Drama in Five Acts by August Strindberg
  6. It was not a formal siege. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  7. " We may appear to you a little formal Miss Isabel began, and turned to her sister. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. In less formal business letters such salutations as, My dear Mr. Smith, or Dear Miss Jaekel may be used. – Practical Grammar and Composition by Thomas Wood
  9. I left them together after dinner and when the time came for saying good- night I found that the Archdeacon had been persuaded not to attempt a formal protest against Miss Pettigrew's teaching. – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  10. Avoid in formal writing and speaking. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  11. He said, " Of course I mean it, and as soon as I return to Paris I will have the formal papers made out and sent to you, and you can claim the ground when you like." – In the Courts of Memory 1858-1875. by L. de Hegermann-Lindencrone
  12. Let me first of all make a formal announcement. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  13. It was a stiff, formal sort of dance with little body movement. – The Golden Skull by John Blaine
  14. This was done, and a formal and affectionate farewell was then read to him by his secretary, Mr. Atye. – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  15. But it is always more formal up there- they remember that I have money. – The Trumpeter Swan by Temple Bailey
  16. The talk at dinner was rather formal – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  17. It was evening, and the electric light and the formal dress of most of the guests added to the impression. – The Professor's Mystery by Wells Hastings Brian Hooker
  18. There was also a somewhat formal meal directly after the marriage ceremony. – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  19. Miss Gibson's visit- but why should I speak of her in these formal terms? – The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
  20. Do you not find it very stiff and formal – Donal Grant by George MacDonald

Rhymes for formal