Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

According with established forms; ceremonial; ceremonious.

Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to form as opposed to substance; outward; external.

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Usage examples "formal":

  1. What happened was all due to the impulse of the soldiers: there was no set speech, no formal assembly of the troops. - "Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II", Caius Cornelius Tacitus.
  2. At last she said, in the course of the formal talk: " You have travelled much?" - "Mrs. Falchion, Complete", Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009.
  3. How it came about was never quite understood by the ladies, but the true and formal note of a Ladies' Home Study Club was never once struck that afternoon. - "The Boss of Little Arcady", Harry Leon Wilson.