formality


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  • noun

Synonyms for formality

Synonyms for formality

strict observance of social conventions

a conventional social gesture or act without intrinsic purpose

Synonyms for formality

a requirement of etiquette or custom

a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies

References in classic literature ?
Without the formality of a knock, I burst into the room.
Whether I shall introduce myself with the same formality,' said Mr Pluck--'whether I shall say myself that my name is Pluck, or whether I shall ask my friend Pyke (who being now regularly introduced, is competent to the office) to state for me, Mrs Nickleby, that my name is Pluck; whether I shall claim your acquaintance on the plain ground of the strong interest I take in your welfare, or whether I shall make myself known to you as the friend of Sir Mulberry Hawk-- these, Mrs Nickleby, are considerations which I leave to you to determine.
In style he had made himself an instinctive master of rhythmical balance, with something, as contrasted with nineteenth century writing, of eighteenth century formality.
From what has now been said it must be evident that while Burke's temperament and mind were truly classical in some of their qualities, as in his devotion to order and established institutions, and in the clearness of his thought and style, and while in both spirit and style he manifests a regard for decorum and formality which connects him with the pseudo-classicists, nevertheless he shared to at least as great a degree in those qualities of emotion and enthusiasm which the pseudo-classic writers generally lacked and which were to distinguish the romantic writers of the nineteenth century.
In love affairs, there is no mediator like a merry, simple-hearted child - ever ready to cement divided hearts, to span the unfriendly gulf of custom, to melt the ice of cold reserve, and overthrow the separating walls of dread formality and pride.
It's a mere formality," he added, with a side look at my mistress; "but the servants will accept it as even dealing between them and their betters; and, instead of hindering the investigation, they will make a point of honour of assisting it.
The fact is," Sir Percival went on, walking nervously about the room, "I want Fosco and his wife in the library, for a mere business formality, and I want you there, Laura, for a minute too.
He was evidently relieved at finding any excuse for delaying the business formality in the library, to which his own words had referred.
You spoke of formality just now, apropos of the inquiry, you know.
Furthermore, Azzi circulated another attached memo as per which any employee who earns money over any formality independently of the due receipt is to be under the penalty of law.
It really is pretty much a formality I would have thought.
It assays prior discussions of the jurisprudence of legal formalities and distills from them various situational criteria that dictate the need, vel non, for particular aspects of formality in any given instance.
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Later the target pragmatic features were revisited through a variety of visual aids, including a world map, handouts, and a formality scale consisting of a diagram of a continuum, with one end being formal and more polite and the other informal and less polite.