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Adjective
Characterized by conventional forms of ceremony and behavior
“The traditional tunic is still worn on formal occasions by senior officers.”
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Poised or dignified in style, tone, or form
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“He had a distinctly formal manner of speaking that sounded almost old-fashioned.”
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(of a person) Strictly conventional in one's manner or behavior
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“But he was obsessively formal and had about as much liveliness as a salted cod.”
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Of or denoting a style of writing or speaking characterized by more elaborate or technical grammatical structures
“The letters are interesting to modern readers for their content and the formal style of writing.”
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Having a conventionally recognized form, structure, or set of rules
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“Some graphic artists are able to find employment despite their lack of any formal education.”
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Officially sanctioned or recognized
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“The bank stated that all loans were sanctioned via formal written documentation.”
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Being, or existing as, something in name only
“He was the formal head of the company despite having a largely hands-off approach.”
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Relating to, or requiring the wearing of, elegant dress
“This will be a formal dinner, so please dress accordingly.”
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Stiff or formal in behaviour or style
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Of or appropriate to high or respectable society
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Dull, routine, and uniform
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Showing great attention to detail or correct behaviour
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Pertaining to points, lines, angels and figures used in geometry
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Boring or severely lacking in interest
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Self-righteous
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Of or pertaining to style, especially to linguistic or literary style
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Well-defined
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Intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive
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In common use
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Trendy or fashionable
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Conforming to the standard variety
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Based on absolute truth
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Characterized by deep sincerity
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Vehement or impassioned in expression
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Very fine in quality or luxurious
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A social gathering at which people dance
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“He nervously asked her to be his date at the school formal.”
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Formal dress
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Items worn to cover the body
Verb
To establish what something or who someone is
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