Form´al   Pronunciation: fôrm´al
n.1.(Chem.) See Methylal.
a.1.Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing.
2.Belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished from the matter composing it; having the power of making a thing what it is; constituent; essential; pertaining to or depending on the forms, so called, of the human intellect.
3.Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent.
His obscure funeral . . .
No noble rite nor formal ostentation.
- Shak.
4.Devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules; punctilious; regular; orderly; methodical; of a prescribed form; exact; prim; stiff; ceremonious; as, a man formal in his dress, his gait, his conversation.
A cold-looking, formal garden, cut into angles and rhomboids.
- W. Irwing.
She took off the formal cap that confined her hair.
- Hawthorne.
5.Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc.
6.Dependent in form; conventional.
7.Sound; normal.
To make of him a formal man again.
- Shak.
Formal cause
See under Cause.
Adj.1.formal - 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"
informal - not formal; "conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress"; "an informal free-and-easy manner"; "an informal gathering of friends"
2.formal - characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet"
3.formal - (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"
informal - used of spoken and written language
4.formal - represented in simplified or symbolic form
5.formal - logically deductive; "formal proof"
6.formal - refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"
Synonyms: courtly, stately, elegant
1.FORMAL - FORmula MAnipulation Language.

An early Fortran extension for symbolic mathematics.

["FORMAL, A Formula Manipulation Language", C.K. Mesztenyi, Computer Note CN-1, CS Dept, U Maryland (Jan 1971)].
2.FORMAL - A data manipulation language for nonprogrammers from IBM LASC.

["FORMAL: A Forms-Oriented and Visual-Directed Application System", N.C. Shu, IEEE Computer 18(8):38-49 (1985)].
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Translate Formal to Spanish, Translate Formal to German, Translate Formal to French
form class
form division
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form family
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form function
form genus
form letter
form of government
Forma legalis forma essentialis
Forma non observata
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formal argument
Formal cause
Formal Description Technique
formal garden
formal logic
formal methods
Formal Object Role Modeling Language
formal review
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