formality

  • 1 formality — for‧mal‧i‧ty [fɔːˈmælti ǁ fɔːr ] noun formalities PLURALFORM [countable usually plural] LAW 1. something formal or official that you have to do so that a process can be completed properly: • immigration and customs formalities • Certain… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Formality — For*mal i*ty, n.; pl. {Formalities}. [Cf. F. formalit[ e].] 1. The condition or quality of being formal, strictly ceremonious, precise, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. Form without substance. [1913 Webster] Such [books] as are mere pieces of formality, so …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 formality — formality, formalism The first is the ordinary noun corresponding to formal: formality is primarily the observance of rules and conventions, a formality is something that has to be done by convention (often with implications of superfluousness:… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 formality — [n1] convention, custom academism, ceremony, convenance, conventionality, form, gesture, liturgy, matter of form*, officialism, procedure, red tape*, rite, ritual, rituality, rubric, rule, service, solemnity, solemnness, stereotype, tradition;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 formality — ► NOUN (pl. formalities) 1) the rigid observance of rules or convention. 2) a thing done simply to comply with convention or regulations. 3) (a formality) a thing done or occurring as a matter of course; an inevitability …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 formality — I noun ceremonial rite, ceremoniousness, ceremony, convention, conventionality, correctness, custom, decorum, established mode, etiquette, formalness, observance of form, outward form, prescribed form, propriety, punctilio, rigidity, rigidness,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 formality — (n.) 1530s, agreement as to form, from M.Fr. formalité (15c.) or directly from L. formalis formal (see FORMAL (Cf. formal)). Originally literary form; meaning something done for the sake of form is from 1590s. Related: Formalities …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 formality — *form, ceremony, ceremonial, rite, liturgy, ritual Analogous words: convention, convenance, usage, *form: practice, custom, *habit, use, wont …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 formality — [fôr mal′ə tē] n. [Fr formalité] 1. the quality or state of being formal; specif., a) a following or observing of prescribed customs, rules, ceremonies, etc.; propriety b) careful or too careful attention to order, regularity, precision, or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 formality — noun 1 action that is necessary according to custom/law ADJECTIVE ▪ mere ▪ Your acceptance into the club will be a mere formality. ▪ customs, legal (both esp. BrE) VERB + FORMALITY ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 formality — for|mal|i|ty [ fɔr mæləti ] noun * 1. ) count usually plural something that must be done as part of an official process or that you are expected to do in a social situation: We went through the usual formalities at customs and passport control.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 formality */ — UK [fɔː(r)ˈmælətɪ] / US [fɔrˈmælətɪ] noun Word forms formality : singular formality plural formalities 1) a) [countable, usually plural] something that must be done as part of an official process or that you are expected to do in a social… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 Formality — A formality is an established procedure or set of specific behaviors and utterances, conceptually similar to a ritual although typically secular and less involved. A formality may be as simple as a handshake upon making new acquaintainces in… …

    Wikipedia

  • 14 formality — for|mal|i|ty [fo:ˈmælıti US fo:r ] n plural formalities 1.) [C usually plural] something that you must do as a formal or official part of an activity or process ▪ the formalities necessary for a valid marriage 2.) [C usually singular] something… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 formality — noun 1 (countable usually plural) something that you must do as a formal or official part of an activity or process: There are a few formalities to settle before you become legal owner of the car. 2 be a formality to be something that you must do …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 formality — noun 1) the formality of the occasion Syn: ceremony, ceremoniousness, ritual, conventionality, red tape, protocol, decorum; stateliness, courtliness, solemnity Ant: informality 2) his formality was off putting …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 formality — noun 1) the formality of the occasion Syn: ceremony, ritual, protocol, decorum, solemnity 2) his formality was off putting Syn: aloofness, reserve, remoteness, detachment, unapproachability …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 18 formality — [[t]fɔː(r)mæ̱lɪti[/t]] formalities 1) N COUNT If you say that an action or procedure is just a formality, you mean that it is done only because it is normally done, and that it will not have any real effect on the situation. Ingrid considered her …

    English dictionary

  • 19 formality — noun (plural ties) Date: 1597 1. compliance with formal or conventional rules ; ceremony 2. the quality or state of being formal 3. an established form or procedure that is required or conventional < the interview was just a formality > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 formality — /fawr mal i tee/, n., pl. formalities. 1. condition or quality of being formal; accordance with required or traditional rules, procedures, etc.; conventionality. 2. rigorously methodical character. 3. strict adherence to established rules and… …

    Universalium


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