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Formality vs. Informality

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Formalitynoun

(uncountable) The state of being formal.

Informalitynoun

The condition of being informal.

Formalitynoun

Something said or done as a matter of form.

Informalitynoun

The state of being informal; lack of regular, prescribed, or customary form; as, the informality of legal proceedings.

Formalitynoun

A customary ritual without new or unique meaning.

Informalitynoun

An informal, unconventional, or unofficial act or proceeding; something which is not in proper or prescribed form or does not conform to the established rule.

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Formalitynoun

A specific requirement for obtaining a legal status, conducting a transaction, etc.

Informalitynoun

a manner that does not take forms and ceremonies seriously

Formalitynoun

The condition or quality of being formal, strictly ceremonious, precise, etc.

Informalitynoun

freedom from constraint or embarrassment;

‘I am never at ease with strangers’;

Formalitynoun

Form without substance.

‘Such [books] as are mere pieces of formality, so that if you look on them, you look though them.’;

Formalitynoun

Compliance with formal or conventional rules; ceremony; conventionality.

‘Nor was his attendance on divine offices a matter of formality and custom, but of conscience.’;

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Formalitynoun

An established order; conventional rule of procedure; usual method; habitual mode.

‘He was installed with all the usual formalities.’;

Formalitynoun

The dress prescribed for any body of men, academical, municipal, or sacerdotal.

‘The doctors attending her in their formalities as far as Shotover.’;

Formalitynoun

That which is formal; the formal part.

‘It unties the inward knot of marriage, . . . while it aims to keep fast the outward formality.’;

Formalitynoun

The quality which makes a thing what it is; essence.

‘The material part of the evil came from our father upon us, but the formality of it, the sting and the curse, is only by ourselves.’; ‘The formality of the vow lies in the promise made to God.’;

Formalitynoun

The manner in which a thing is conceived or constituted by an act of human thinking; the result of such an act; as, animality and rationality are formalities.

Formalitynoun

a requirement of etiquette or custom

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Formalitynoun

a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies

Formalitynoun

compliance with formal rules

Formality

A formality is an established procedure or set of specific behaviors and utterances, conceptually similar to a ritual although typically secular and less involved. A formality may be as simple as a handshake upon making new acquaintances in Western culture to the carefully defined procedure of bows, handshakes, formal greetings, and business card exchanges that may mark two businessmen being introduced in Japan.

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