Formality - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɔːrˈmæləti|  American pronunciation of the word formality
Brit.  |fɔːˈmalɪti|  British pronunciation of the word formality

noun

- a requirement of etiquette or custom(syn: formalities)

a mere formality

- a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies(syn: formalness)

the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention

- compliance with formal rules

courtroom formality

Examples

Her use of old-fashioned language lends an air of formality to her writing.

He failed to appreciate the formality of the occasion.

They haven't approved the loan yet, but that's just a mere formality.

Getting a gun license here seems to be just a formality.

There is always some degree of formality when one speaks to a stranger.

The loan was arranged with little formality.

the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention

No one is better than Didion at using flatness of affect and formality of diction to convey seething anger and disdain.

...the request to use the restroom was just a formality—I really didn't expect a turndown...

She hid her true self behind the shield of an aloof formality.

the judicial system suffered from too much technicality and formality

Word forms

noun
singular: formality
plural: formalities
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