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Princeton's WordNet

  1. formally, officiallyadverb

    with official authorization

    "the club will be formally recognized"

  2. formallyadverb

    in a formal manner

    "he was dressed rather formally"


  1. formallyadverb

    In a formal manner.

    He dressed quite formally - too formally for the occasion.

  2. formallyadverb

    In accordance with official procedure.

    He formally filed a complaint, which involved much paperwork.

  3. formallyadverb

    In accordance with rigorous rules.

    He proved it formally but gave his students no intuitive feel for the matter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Formallyadverb

    Etymology: from formal.

    Formally, according to our law,
    Depose him. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    To be stiff and formally reserved, as if the company did not deserve our familiarity, is a downright challenge of homage. Jeremy Collier, on Pride.

    You and your followers do stand formally divided against the authorised guides of the church, and the rest of the people. Richard Hooker.

    This power and dominion is not adequately and formally the image of God, but only a part of it. Robert South, Sermons.

    The Heathens and the Christians may agree in material acts of charity; but that which formally makes this a Christian grace, is the spring from which it flows. George Smalridge, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formallyadverb

    in a formal manner; essentially; characteristically; expressly; regularly; ceremoniously; precisely

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formally' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4346

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formally' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2909

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formally' in Adverbs Frequency: #280

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of formally in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of formally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of formally in a Sentence

  1. Borys Budka:

    Formally, the election has not been postponed.

  2. Gregory Tony:

    DeSantis formally announced the appointment of Gregory Tony as sheriff. Gregory Tony, Gregory Tony, will beBroward Countys first African-American sheriff, according to a statement released by the governor. It is my intention to embark on this enormous task to restore the confidence of families and residents of Broward County toward the Broward Sherriffs Office, which also requires that I fix the problems that exist.

  3. Anthony Fauci:

    It is possible that you will see people who are infected get breakthrough infections, we haven't formally proven yet how much diminution there is in the likelihood of transmitting it to someone else -- including children -- and that's one of the reasons why you've got to be careful when you're dealing with something like The Delta variant of Covid-19.

  4. Ken Falk:

    He’s been formally diagnosed with gender dysphoria, which is the diagnosis for a transgender person who is having difficulties because the world does not treat the person, in this case, as a male, denying transgender students the ability to use the bathrooms in their schools consistent with their gender identity violates both the Constitution and federal statutory law.

  5. Ryan Hamilton:

    Creighton is a Jesuit institution formally affiliated with the Catholic Church, one of the countrys most consistent and reliable advocates for pro-life causes, nebraska is a pro-life state and Republicans are a pro-life party.

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    formal separation from an alliance or federation
    • A. secession
    • B. elation
    • C. breastwork
    • D. jab

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