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Definition of formality:

  1. An established order; conventional rule of procedure; usual method; habitual mode.
  2. Compliance with formal or conventional rules; ceremony; conventionality.
  3. Form without substance.
  4. That which is formal; the formal part.
  5. The condition or quality of being formal, strictly ceremonious, precise, etc.
  6. The dress prescribed for any body of men, academical, municipal, or sacerdotal.
  7. The manner in which a thing is conceived or constituted by an act of human thinking; the result of such an act; as, animality and rationality are formalities.
  8. The quality which makes a thing what it is; essence.

Synonyms:

deed, usual, solemnity, means, ceremony, punctiliousness, venture, ceremoniousness, technique, ceremony, gentility, rule, tactic, grace, tact, act, form, gesture, system, ceremonial, demonstration, move, gallantry, chivalry, procedure, thing, courtesy, method, mode, politeness, amenity, breeding, formalness, operation, formalities, attention, protocol, action, way, civility, activity, basis, course, pleasantry.

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