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  • Info A formality is an established procedure or set of specific behaviors and utterances, conceptually similar to a ritual although typically secular and less involved. more...
  • The group of public buildings was finally completed and dedicated with much formality. Cited from The Harris-Ingram Experiment, by Charles E. Bolton
  • For this reason, there is still much formality between the two of them when they meet.
  • I have come on board to go through the formality of looking at your papers. Cited from The Congo Rovers, by Harry Collingwood
  • With a new formality and silence, she led the way into the hall, he following. Cited from Marcella, by Mrs. Humphry Ward [AKA: Mary Augusta Arnold Ward]
  • By-the-way, though but a formality, friends should know each other's names. Cited from The Confidence-Man, by Herman Melville
  • The front door opened into a large room without the formality of an entry or hall. Cited from The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army, by Oliver Optic
  • It is a mere formality, and won't take more than five minutes. Cited from The Book of the Bush, by George Dunderdale
  • Possibly the formality would have been equally observed had they all been over fifty. Cited from Marion's Faith, by Charles King
  • It was done without even going through the formality of a trial. Cited from James Fenimore Cooper, by Thomas R. Lounsbury
  • This formality would eventually have a significant impact on the band's early history.
  • Both had, in voice and manner, something of the formality which business gives. Cited from Debit and Credit, by Gustav Freytag
  • That decision was seen as a formality, since the territory transferred within the same country.
  • She says he makes money in the negro trade, with all his religious formality. Cited from The Entailed Hat, by George Alfred Townsend
  • They had dropped formality and were on a first-name basis now. Cited from Space Viking, by Henry Beam Piper
  • It was all the formality we could have, all the ceremony we could have. Cited from The Way of a Man, by Emerson Hough
  • He frequently transferred funds from one corporation to another with little or no formality.
  • With you, in your improved state of the human mind, there was no such formality. Cited from Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12), by Burke
  • He gives effort to show extremely expressing formality about white color and air through work.
  • May I say that there is really no formality about it, and nothing but the truth. Cited from Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • The call of friendship is usually of less formality and may be of some length. Cited from Our Deportment, by John H. Young
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Meaning of formality

  • noun A requirement of etiquette or custom
    a mere formality
  • noun A manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies
    the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention
  • noun Compliance with formal rules
    courtroom formality