Definitions of formal

  1. See Methylal.
  2. Formally.
  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. logically deductive; " formal proof"
  5. characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; " formal duties"; " an official banquet"
  6. Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing.
  7. 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.
  8. Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent.
  9. 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.
  10. Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc.
  11. Dependent in form; conventional.
  12. Sound; normal.
  13. According to custom or established rules; precise; ceremonious; conventional; essential; having the outward shape without the inward reality.
  14. According to form or established mode: ceremonious: methodical: having the form only: having the power of making a thing what it is: essential: proper.
  15. According with established forms; ceremonial; ceremonious.
  16. Pertaining to form as opposed to substance; outward; external.
  17. 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.
  18. Strictly ceremonious; done in due form; according to regular method; having the form or appearance without the substance or essence.