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  • adj.established, orderly
  • adj.stiff, affected, correct

synonyms for formal

  • academic
  • ceremonial
  • explicit
  • legal
  • precise
  • proper
  • solemn
  • strict
  • express
  • official
  • regular
  • ritual
  • set
  • approved
  • ceremonialistic
  • ceremonious
  • confirmed
  • conventional
  • decorous
  • directed
  • fixed
  • formalistic
  • lawful
  • methodical
  • prescribed
  • pro forma
  • punctilious
  • rigid
  • ritualistic
  • stately
  • stereotyped
  • stereotypical
  • systematic
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antonyms for formal

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  • ambiguous
  • inaccurate
  • indefinite
  • ordinary
  • customary
  • disorderly
  • informal
  • normal
  • relaxed
  • unaffected
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How to use formal in a sentence

Broadly, the war is between the formal linguists and the sociolinguists.
TALKING IS THROWING FICTIONAL WORLDS AT ONE ANOTHER - ISSUE 89: THE DARK SIDEKEVIN BERGERSEPTEMBER 9, 2020NAUTILUS
Taking place after the 400-person formal dinner, it’s geared specifically toward younger people and costs less than one-third of the spring benefit’s entry-level ticket.
HOW NONPROFITS ARE CATERING TO MILLENNIALS AND RETHINKING THE CHARITY GALA FOR YOUNGER GENERATIONSRACHEL KINGSEPTEMBER 7, 2020FORTUNE
No surprise, there’s been a trend away from formal event–oriented wear, but other than that there hasn’t been much change.
THE CEO STRIVING TO MAKE VINTAGE, SECONDHAND CLOTHING AS POPULAR AS FAST FASHIONRACHEL KINGSEPTEMBER 6, 2020FORTUNE
Those interactions are less formal than what you get with video-conferencing services.
TEEMYCO CREATES VIRTUAL OFFICES SO YOU CAN GRAB A ROOM AND TALK WITH COLLEAGUESROMAIN DILLETSEPTEMBER 4, 2020TECHCRUNCH
It’s not as formal as perhaps a medical leave of absence where a third party is approving a leave request.
HOW MANAGERS CAN RECOGNIZE BURNOUT REMOTELYKRISTINE GILLAUGUST 28, 2020FORTUNE
This tendency for informal learning to eclipse formal learning in terms of our behaviors is not limited to doctors or police officers.
WHY SOME SENIOR OFFICERS ARE MAKING IT HARDER FOR POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO FIGHT RACISMMATTHEWHEIMERAUGUST 26, 2020FORTUNE
Since apartments are already allowed in the areas in which it applies, the city can adopt the measure without going through a formal “re-zoning” process, which would trigger state-mandated studies that could take years to complete.
SINGLE-FAMILY ZONING’S CENTURY OF SUPREMACY IN SAN DIEGOANDREW KEATTSAUGUST 26, 2020VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
The hospital’s chief nursing officer told investigators that there had been no formal meetings to implement the ZIP code list with staff and that no formal policy was developed regarding its use.
FEDERAL INVESTIGATION FINDS HOSPITAL VIOLATED PATIENTS’ RIGHTS BY PROFILING, SEPARATING NATIVE MOTHERS AND NEWBORNSBY BRYANT FURLOW, NEW MEXICO IN DEPTHAUGUST 22, 2020PROPUBLICA
The four researchers fed the Keller proof into a formal proof checker — a computer program that traced the logic of the argument — and confirmed it works.
COMPUTER SEARCH SETTLES 90-YEAR-OLD MATH PROBLEMKEVIN HARTNETTAUGUST 19, 2020QUANTA MAGAZINE
Among the spaces Covid-19 has closed around the world are countless offices, nightclubs, and other habitats of formal footwear.
STILETTO SALES ARE STUMBLING BECAUSE OF COVID-19MARC BAINJULY 13, 2020QUARTZ
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WORDS RELATED TO FORMAL

  • ascetic
  • astringent
  • cold
  • earnest
  • exacting
  • forbidding
  • formal
  • grave
  • grim
  • hard
  • harsh
  • inexorable
  • inflexible
  • obdurate
  • rigid
  • rigorous
  • serious
  • sober
  • solemn
  • somber
  • stern
  • stiff
  • strict
  • stringent
  • unfeeling
  • unrelenting
  • attire
  • baggage
  • bedclothes
  • casual
  • clothing
  • costume
  • dress
  • duds
  • formal
  • garb
  • garments
  • gear
  • outfit
  • rags
  • raiment
  • regalia
  • sportswear
  • suit
  • togs
  • vestments
  • vesture
  • wardrobe
  • wear
  • work
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