1 very correct/official
be, seem, sound
extremely, fairly, very, etc.

Learning was by rote and strictly formal.

2 concerned with the way sth is done
merely, purely

Getting approval for the plan is a purely formal matter: nobody will seriously oppose it.


The monarch retains largely formal duties.

Formal is used with these nouns: ↑acceptance, ↑acknowledgement, ↑adoption, ↑agreement, ↑alliance, ↑announcement, ↑apology, ↑appeal, ↑application, ↑appointment, ↑approach, ↑approval, ↑arrangement, ↑aspect, ↑assessment, ↑association, ↑assurance, ↑authorization, ↑banquet, ↑bow, ↑briefing, ↑care, ↑caution, ↑ceremony, ↑channel, ↑clothes, ↑communication, ↑competence, ↑complaint, ↑composition, ↑conference, ↑consent, ↑contract, ↑declaration, ↑definition, ↑description, ↑dining room, ↑dinner, ↑discussion, ↑distinction, ↑dress, ↑education, ↑employment, ↑enquiry, ↑equality, ↑establishment, ↑evaluation, ↑event, ↑evidence, ↑examination, ↑expression, ↑garden, ↑gathering, ↑greeting, ↑guideline, ↑hearing, ↑inauguration, ↑instruction, ↑introduction, ↑invitation, ↑language, ↑learning, ↑lecture, ↑letter, ↑link, ↑logic, ↑manner, ↑meeting, ↑negotiation, ↑news conference, ↑notification, ↑occasion, ↑offer, ↑opening, ↑permission, ↑politeness, ↑presentation, ↑procedure, ↑process, ↑procession, ↑proof, ↑proposal, ↑protest, ↑qualification, ↑reception, ↑recognition, ↑record, ↑register, ↑registration, ↑relationship, ↑reply, ↑report, ↑reprimand, ↑request, ↑requirement, ↑resolution, ↑rigour, ↑rule, ↑schooling, ↑separation, ↑setting, ↑statement, ↑structure, ↑style, ↑suit, ↑talk, ↑teaching, ↑tone, ↑training, ↑treaty, ↑tuxedo, ↑verdict, ↑visit, ↑vocabulary, ↑warning, ↑wear

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  • Formal — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished from the matter composing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • formal — for‧mal [ˈfɔːml ǁ ˈfɔːr ] adjective done or given officially and publicly: • The companies said they expect to sign a formal agreement before year s end. • No formal announcement has yet been made. • The British authorities have decided to… …   Financial and business terms

  • formal — adjetivo 1. De la forma: requisito formal, análisis formal. 2. Que cumple con su palabra, obligaciones o compromisos: Es un hombre formal, de palabra, puedes confiar en él. Es un muchacho formal, serio y responsable. Es una empresa formal, no… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • formal — for·mal adj 1: relating to or involving outward form, structure, or arrangement rather than content a formal defect in the pleadings 2: requiring special or established solemnities or formalities esp. in order to be effective or valid under the… …   Law dictionary

  • formal — FORMÁL, Ă, formali, e, adj. 1. Privitor la formă, care ţine de formă, de aparenţă. ♦ (Adverbial) în aparenţă. 2. Formulat precis; categoric, expres. 3. Pătruns de formalism; făcut de formă (7). 4. (Despre unele acte juridice) Care necesită… …   Dicționar Român

  • formal — [fôr′məl] adj. [ME < L formalis < forma, FORM] 1. of external form or structure, rather than nature or content 2. of the internal form; relating to the intrinsic or essential character or nature 3. of or according to prescribed or fixed… …   English World dictionary

  • formal — (Del lat. formālis). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la forma, por contraposición a esencial. 2. Que tiene formalidad. 3. Dicho de una persona: Seria, amiga de la verdad y enemiga de chanzas. 4. Expreso, preciso, determinado. ☛ V. acto formal …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • formal — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. formel (13c.) and directly from L. formalis, from forma (see FORM (Cf. form)). As a noun, c.1600 (pl.) things that are formal; as a short way to say formal dance, recorded by 1906, U.S. college students …   Etymology dictionary

  • formal — Adj std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. fōrmālis, zu l. fōrma Form . Aus der gleichen Grundlage über das Französische formell. Eine Substantivierung in Formalie, Abstrakta in Formalismus, Formalität; Täterbezeichnung: Formalist; Verb:… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • formal — [adj1] established, orderly academic, approved, ceremonial, ceremonialistic, ceremonious, confirmed, conventional, decorous, directed, explicit, express, fixed, formalistic, lawful, legal, methodical, official, precise, prescribed, pro forma,… …   New thesaurus

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