[ adjective ] being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)
"pay one's formal respects" "formal dress" "a formal ball" "the requirement was only formal and often ignored" "a formal education"
Used in print(Christopher Davis, First Family....)
He had noticed how formal and irritably exact Rachel had grown .(Robert L. Duncan, The Voice of Strangers....)
When he had given the call a_few moments thought , he went_into the kitchen to ask Mrs._Yamata to prepare tea and sushi for the visitors , using the formal English china and the silver tea_service which had been donated to the mission , then he went outside to inspect the grounds .
[ adjective ] characteristic of or befitting a person in authority
"formal duties" "an official banquet"
Used in print(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)
A second major point of this essay is to examine the formal arrangements for the elections .
[ adjective ] (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms
"the paper was written in formal English"
Used in print(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)
Whereas Bultmann 's `` center '' position is structurally inconsistent and is therefore indefensible on formal grounds alone , the general position of the `` right '' , as represented , say , by Karl_Barth , involves the rejection or at_least qualification of the demand for demythologization and so is invalidated on the material grounds we have just considered .(Bruce Palmer, "My Brother's Keeper", Many Are...)
Let him chafe with_impatience to see Charles , rip open the note with trembling hands and read the formal report in Hillman 's beautiful , schoolmaster 's hand .
[ adjective ] logically deductive