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  Definition of Formal
  1. refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"
  2. 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"
  3. (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"
  4. logically deductive; "formal proof"
  5. characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet"
  6. represented in simplified or symbolic form
Similar Words: courtly, elegant, stately, conventional, schematic

 

See Also: conventional, rhetorical

 

Attributes: formality, formalness

 

 
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