formality - definition and synonyms


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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.