Formal

Definition of Formal

Form´al   Pronunciation: fôrm´al
n.1.(Chem.) See Methylal.
a.1.Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing.
2.Belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished from the matter composing it; having the power of making a thing what it is; constituent; essential; pertaining to or depending on the forms, so called, of the human intellect.
Of [the sounds represented by] letters, the material part is breath and voice; the formal is constituted by the motion and figure of the organs of speech.
- Holder.
3.Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent.
His obscure funeral . . .
No noble rite nor formal ostentation.
- Shak.
4.Devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules; punctilious; regular; orderly; methodical; of a prescribed form; exact; prim; stiff; ceremonious; as, a man formal in his dress, his gait, his conversation.
A cold-looking, formal garden, cut into angles and rhomboids.
- W. Irwing.
She took off the formal cap that confined her hair.
- Hawthorne.
5.Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc.
6.Dependent in form; conventional.
Still in constraint your suffering sex remains,
Or bound in formal or in real chains.
- Pope.
7.Sound; normal.
To make of him a formal man again.
- Shak.
Formal cause
See under Cause.

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