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But picketing - picketing for or against something, and handing out literature - these are conspicuously formal actions. They have to be understood as indirect communication.
Tony Conrad

Meaning of "formal" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD FORMAL

From Latin formālis.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF FORMAL

formal  [ˈfɔːməl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FORMAL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Formal is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES FORMAL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Formal

Formal, relating to an established hierarchy, procedure or set of specific behaviors. For other uses of form see Form For other uses of formalism see Formalism Formal may also refer to: ▪ Formal, a type of ceremonial event at university ▪ School formal, a type of ceremonial event at school ▪ Formal wear, clothing for formal occasions ▪ Informal sector, as opposed to Formal sector, economic activity beyond the purview of government ▪ A Formality, an established procedure or set of specific behaviors...

Definition of formal in the English dictionary

The first definition of formal in the dictionary is of, according to, or following established or prescribed forms, conventions, etc. Other definition of formal is characterized by observation of conventional forms of ceremony, behaviour, dress, etc. Formal is also methodical, precise, or stiff.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FORMAL


abnormal
æbˈnɔːməl
Carmel
ˈkɑːməl
conformal
kənˈfɔːməl
cormel
ˈkɔːməl
decinormal
ˌdesɪˈnɔːməl
dermal
ˈdɜːməl
electrothermal
ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈθɜːməl
geothermal
ˌdʒiːəʊˈθɜːməl
hemal
ˈhiːməl
informal
ɪnˈfɔːməl
isothermal
ˌaɪsəʊˈθɜːməl
lognormal
ˌlɒɡˈnɔːməl
nonformal
ˌnɒnˈfɔːməl
nonnormal
ˌnɒnˈnɔːməl
normal
ˈnɔːməl
paranormal
ˌpærəˈnɔːməl
semiformal
ˌsɛmɪˈfɔːməl
subnormal
sʌbˈnɔːməl
supernormal
ˌsuːpəˈnɔːməl
thermal
ˈθɜːməl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FORMAL

formably
formal calculus
formal dress
formal equivalence
formal grammar
formal language
formal logic
formal mode
formal system
formal theory
formaldehyde
formalin
formaline
formalisable
formalisation
formaliser
formalism
formalist
formalistic
formalistically

WORDS THAT END LIKE FORMAL

ectodermal
electrodermal
endodermal
endothermal
epidermal
epithermal
exothermal
homoiothermal
hydrothermal
hyperthermal
hypodermal
intradermal
mesodermal
monospermal
nonthermal
photothermal
subdermal
subepidermal
the paranormal
vermal

Synonyms and antonyms of formal in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FORMAL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «formal» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of formal

Translation of «formal» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FORMAL

Find out the translation of formal to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of formal from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «formal» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

正式的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

formal
570 millions of speakers

English

formal
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

औपचारिक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

رَسْمِيّ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

формальный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

formal
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আনুষ্ঠানিক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

formel
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

rasmi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

formell
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

正式の
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

형식적인
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Formal
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

trịnh trọng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

முறையான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

औपचारिक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

biçimsel
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

formale
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

formalny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

формальний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

oficial
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

επίσημος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

formele
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

formell
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

formell
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of formal

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FORMAL»

The term «formal» is very widely used and occupies the 4.630 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FORMAL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «formal» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «formal» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about formal

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10 QUOTES WITH «FORMAL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word formal.
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Peter Agre
Now in the 21st century, the boundaries separating chemistry, physics, and medicine have become blurred, and as happened during the Renaissance, scientists are following their curiosities even when they run beyond the formal limits of their training.
2
George Allen
I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed.
3
Bernard Beckett
I'm a school teacher, and later on, well past my formal education, I became very interested in science.
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John Bercow
I don't think that people are disinterested or uninterested in politics. I think very often they are disengaged from the formal political process. To some extent they are suspicious or even despairing of formal politics as a means to give expression and effect to what they want.
5
Harrison Birtwistle
My operas and my theatre works are very formal pieces.
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Ozwald Boateng
Shirt collars are very important to me. Putting a very soft shirt collar with a formal suit doesn't work for me at all.
7
David Bohm
My suggestion is that at each state the proper order of operation of the mind requires an overall grasp of what is generally known, not only in formal logical, mathematical terms, but also intuitively, in images, feelings, poetic usage of language, etc.
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Angela Carter
The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.
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Tony Conrad
But picketing - picketing for or against something, and handing out literature - these are conspicuously formal actions. They have to be understood as indirect communication.
10
Eliza Coupe
I cannot feel my legs from the waist down any longer. But who cares? I look good and that's all that matters. And when I die of hypothermia for wearing formal shorts in winter, tell them to put that on my tombstone.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FORMAL»

Discover the use of formal in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to formal and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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An Introduction to Formal Logic
This book will make an ideal text for a first logic course, and will provide a firm basis for further work in formal and philosophical logic.
Peter Smith, 2003
2
The Formal Semantics of Programming Languages: An Introduction
The simplest language is that of recursion equations with both call-by-value and call-by-name evaluation. This work is extended to lan guages with higher and recursive types, including a treatment of the eager and lazy lambda-calculi.
Glynn Winskel, 1993
3
Formal Logic: Its Scope and Limits
The first beginning logic text to employ the tree method—a complete formal system of first-order logic that is remarkably easy to understand and use—this text allows students to take control of the nuts and bolts of formal logic quickly ...
Richard C. Jeffrey, John P. Burgess, 2006
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Non-Formal Education: Flexible Schooling or Participatory ...
This is the first full study of non-formal education on an international scale since the 1980s. The book describes the emergence of the concept in the context of development and educational reform.
Alan Rogers, 2007
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Formal, Transcendental, and Dialectical Thinking: Logic and ...
This is a critical examination of the three types of logic advocated by current philosophical schools.
Errol E. Harris, 1987
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An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata
Data Structures & Theory of Computation
Peter Linz, 2011
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Understanding Formal Methods
This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of formal methods for students and practitioners.
Jean-Francois Monin, M.G. Hinchey, 2003
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A Modern Formal Logic Primer: Sentence Logic
Two-volume introduction to formal logic. Volume I presents sentence logic and Volume II covers predicate logic and metatheory. Features easy-to-understand explanations and graded exercises.
Paul Teller, 1989
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Introduction to Formal Languages
All subjects are integral to the theory of computation.Numerous worked examples appear throughout the book, and end-of-chapter exercises enable readers to apply theory and methods to real-life problems.
György E. Révész, 1991
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Formal Semantics: An Introduction
This accessible introduction to formal, and especially Montague, semantics within a linguistic framework, presupposes no previous background in logic, but takes students step-by-step from simple predicate/argument structures and their ...
Ronnie Cann, 1993

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FORMAL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term formal is used in the context of the following news items.
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Scott Walker tweet pre-empts formal presidential announcement …
Scott Walker tweet pre-empts formal presidential announcement. 'Scott is in' reads the post to his official Twitter feed as a separate tweet shows ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
2
Activist Fights For Formal Slavery Apology From State Of Delaware
WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — There's another call for the State of Delaware to issue a formal apology for slavery. This is the third time that ... «CBS Local, Jul 15»
3
Stinney family joins historian in asking state officials, governor for …
Nikki Haley on Saturday to issue a formal apology to the boy's family. George Frierson saw Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullin vacate Stinney's ... «Manning Live, Jul 15»
4
Treasury's 'formal concern' over Stormont finances - BBC News
He said "formal concern" was expressed in a letter to Stormont's finance minister from the Treasury. Mr Robinson made the comments during ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
5
Murree talks raise hopes for formal dialogue with Taliban - Daily Times
ISLAMABAD: The recent Pakistan-brokered peace talks between the top officials of the Afghan government and the Taliban leaders have ... «Daily Times, Jul 15»
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Writer's block? Put on a suit: Formal wear makes you think more …
'Formal clothing is often worn to follow norms, but also serves to obtain respect, signalling professionalism and maintenance of social distance. «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
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No Formal Application for Smelter, Energy Supply Uncertain
Minister of Industry Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir said no formal ... or other such formal participation from us in the ministry,” Ragnheiður told RÚV. «IcelandReview, Jul 15»
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BT issues formal whinge to Ofcom over Sky dominance in pay telly …
Former state-owned telecoms giant BT has formally whinged to Ofcom that archrival Sky should be subject to regulatory intervention over its ... «The Register, Jul 15»
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Formal identification awaited after body found off Baltimore | Irish …
By Noel Baker. Formal identification is awaited this evening after a body was found earlier today in the search for 20-year-old Barry Davis Ryan. «Irish Examiner, Jul 15»
10
Three Kansas Men Face Formal Arraignment - Bartlesville Radio
Three Kansas men who are accused of drug possession during a routine traffic stop are bound over for formal arraignment. 31-year Roberto ... «Bartlesville Radio, Jul 15»

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