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From Middle French formalité. equivalent to formal + -ity.
- Rhymes: -ælɪti
formality (countable and uncountable, plural formalities)
- (uncountable) The state of being formal.
- Something said or done as a matter of form.
- A customary ritual without new or unique meaning.
- The examination for priesthood is no mere formality, so we have to study well.
- (countable) A specific requirement for obtaining a legal status, conducting a transaction, etc.
The state of being formal
Something said or done as a matter of form
A customary ritual without new or unique meaning
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Translations to be checked
- “formality”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “formality”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.