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noun formality pronunciation in British English /fɔː(r)ˈmæləti/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] something that must be done as part of an official process or that you are expected to do in a social situation
    We went through the usual formalities at customs and passport control.
    1. a.
      [countable] something that must be done but that does not have much real meaning or importance
      just a formality: The interview is just a formality.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] formal style of writing, behaving etc
    A degree of formality in dress is expected in this business.

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