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Definitions of formal

  1. (fine arts) represented in simplified or symbolic form Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. logically deductive; "formal proof" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. represented in simplified or symbolic form Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. See Methylal. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Dependent in form; conventional. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Sound; normal. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. According to custom or established rules; precise; ceremonious; conventional; essential; having the outward shape without the inward reality. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Formally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Methylal. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. According to form; ceremonious; pertaining to form. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. According with established forms; ceremonial; ceremonious. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Pertaining to form as opposed to substance; outward; external. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Strictly ceremonious; done in due form; according to regular method; having the form or appearance without the substance or essence. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. Relating to matters of form; as, "formal defects;" inserted, added, orJoined pro forma. See PARTIES. thelawdictionary.org
  26. A lower homologue, CH2 (OCH3)2, of acetal; a colorless liquid of ethereal odor and aromatic taste; used as a hypnotic and anaesthetic. na
  27. (Metaphys.) of the essence of a thing (f. CAUSE), essential not material; of the outward form, shape, appearance, arrangement, or external, qualities, (Log.) concerned with the form, not the matter, of reasoning; valid in virtue of its form, explicit and definite, not merely tacit; ceremonial, required by convention (a f. call), perfunctory, having the form without the spirit; observant of forms, precise, prim, excessively regular or symmetrical, stiff, methodical, whence formalism, formalist, nn., formalistic a. Hence formally adv. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  28. A somnifacient anesthetic, CH2, (OCH3) 2. American pocket medical dictionary.
  29. Methylal, methylene dimethylate, CH2 (O.CH3)2, a colorless liquid; an excellent solvent for organic substances. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  30. Ceremonious, solemn, precise; regular, methodical; external, having the appearance but not the essence; depending upon establishment or custom. Complete Dictionary

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