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From Middle French formalité. equivalent to formal +‎ -ity.





formality (countable and uncountable, plural formalities)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being formal.
    • 1874, Georg August Schweinfurth, chapter I, in Ellen E. Frewer, transl., The Heart of Africa: Three Years' Travels and Adventures in the Unexplored Regions of Central Africa, from 1868 to 1871[1], second edition, volume I, London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, And Searle, translation of Im Herzen von Afrika, Botanical Ardour:
      [S]uch an one [] recalls as a vision of Paradise the land he has learnt to love; he exaggerates the insalubrity of a northern climate; he bewails the wretched formality of our civilised life, and so, back to the distant solitudes flies his recollection like a dove to the wilderness.
  2. Something said or done as a matter of form.
  3. A customary ritual without substance, real consequence, or unique meaning.
    The examination for priesthood is no mere formality, so we have to study well.
  4. (countable) A specific requirement for obtaining a legal status, conducting a transaction, etc.


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