Definitions for formalityfɔrˈmæl ɪ ti
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a requirement of etiquette or custom
"a mere formality"
a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies
"the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention"
compliance with formal rules
The state of being formal.
Something said or done as a matter of form.
A customary ritual without new or unique meaning.
the condition or quality of being formal, strictly ceremonious, precise, etc
form without substance
compliance with formal or conventional rules; ceremony; conventionality
an established order; conventional rule of procedure; usual method; habitual mode
the dress prescribed for any body of men, academical, municipal, or sacerdotal
that which is formal; the formal part
the quality which makes a thing what it is; essence
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
Origin: [Cf. F. formalit.]
Utterances, conceptually similar to a ritual although typically secular and less involved. A formality may be as simple as a handshake upon making new acquaintainces 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. In legal and diplomatic circles, formalities include such matters as greeting an arriving head of state with the appropriate national anthem. Cultures and groups within cultures often have varying degrees of formality which can often prove a source of frustration or unintentional insult when people of different expectations or preferences interact. Those from relatively informal backgrounds may find formality to be empty and hypocritical, or unnecessarily demanding. Those from relatively formal backgrounds may find informal cultures hard to deal with, as their carefully refined and nuanced behaviors go completely unnoticed. The difference between formality and politeness is often a point of confusion for those from relatively informal cultures. On the other hand, those who have been brought up in relatively formal circumstances often experience discomfort and even, over the long-term, disenchantment, in less formal circumstances.
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