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Definition of Formal
formalMethylal Meth"yl*al, n. [Methylene + alcohol.] (Chem.)
A light, volatile liquid, H2C(OCH3)2, regarded as a complex
ether, and having a pleasant ethereal odor. It is obtained by
the partial oxidation of methyl alcohol. Called also
formal. FormalFormal For"mal (f[^o]r"mal), n. [L. formic + alcohol.] (Chem.)
See Methylal. FormalFormal Form"al (f[^o]rm"al), a. [L. formalis: cf. F. formel.]
1. Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance,
or organization of a thing.
2. 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.
Of [the sounds represented by] letters, the material
part is breath and voice; the formal is constituted
by the motion and figure of the organs of speech.
3. Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular
method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as,
he gave his formal consent.
His obscure funeral . . . No noble rite nor formal
4. 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.
A cold-looking, formal garden, cut into angles and
rhomboids. --W. Irwing.
She took off the formal cap that confined her hair.
5. Having the form or appearance without the substance or
essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal
6. Dependent in form; conventional.
Still in constraint your suffering sex remains, Or
bound in formal or in real chains. --Pope.
7. Sound; normal. [Obs.]
To make of him a formal man again. --Shak.
Formal cause. See under Cause.
Syn: Precise; punctilious; stiff; starched; affected; ritual;
ceremonial; external; outward.
Usage: Formal, Ceremonious. When applied to things, these
words usually denote a mere accordance with the rules
of form or ceremony; as, to make a formal call; to
take a ceremonious leave. When applied to a person or
his manners, they are used in a bad sense; a person
being called formal who shapes himself too much by
some pattern or set form, and ceremonious when he lays
too much stress on the conventional laws of social
intercourse. Formal manners render a man stiff or
ridiculous; a ceremonious carriage puts a stop to the
ease and freedom of social intercourse.
Meaning of Formal from wikipedia
Gr****). They may refer
for formal events
for semi-formal events Informal
attire, more controlled...
- In logic, mathematics, computer
science, and linguistics, a formal language consists
of words whose letters
from an alphabet
and are well-formed...
- In philosophy, a formal
fallacy, logical fallacy
or non sequitur
(/ˌnɒn ˈsɛkwɪtər/; Latin
for "[it] does not follow") is a pattern
wear or full dress
is the Western dress
code category applicable
for the most formal
occasions, such as weddings, christenings, confirmations,...
- Formal science
is a branch
of science studying disciplines concerned
with abstract structures described
systems, such as logic, mathematics...
- In formal language
theory, a grammar
(when the context
is not given, often called
a formal grammar
for clarity) describes
how to form strings
from a language's...
- In computer
science, formal methods
are mathematically rigorous techniques
for the specification, development, analysis, and verification
- happens outside
the formal schooling
system. Informal education
is unstructured learning through daily
and non-formal education
- and mathematics, a formal proof
is a finite sequence
(called well-formed formulas
in the case of a formal
language), each of...
- Formal theory
name for a theory which
in formal language
system, something representable
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