Formality

For*mal"i*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Formalities (#).
[Cf. F. formalit.] 1. The condition or quality of being formal, strictly ceremonious, precise, etc.
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2. Form without substance.
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Such [books] as are mere pieces of formality, so that if you look on them, you look though them.
Fuller.
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3. Compliance with formal or conventional rules; ceremony; conventionality.
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Nor was his attendance on divine offices a matter of formality and custom, but of conscience.
Atterbury.
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4. An established order; conventional rule of procedure; usual method; habitual mode.
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He was installed with all the usual formalities.
C. Middleton.
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5. pl. The dress prescribed for any body of men, academical, municipal, or sacerdotal. [Obs.]
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The doctors attending her in their formalities as far as Shotover.
Fuller.
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6. That which is formal; the formal part.
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It unties the inward knot of marriage, . . . while it aims to keep fast the outward formality.
Milton.
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7. The quality which makes a thing what it is; essence.
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The material part of the evil came from our father upon us, but the formality of it, the sting and the curse, is only by ourselves.
Jer. Taylor.
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The formality of the vow lies in the promise made to God.
Bp. Stillingfleet.
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8. (Scholastic. Philos.) 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.
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