formal[ fawr-muh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF formal
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FORMAL
Yet the superscription is of his dictating, I dare say, for he is a formal wretch.
Again, the girl made her formal response in the affirmative, then left the room.
It is not a thing for which one can render formal thanks in formal words.
The tone was formal, and put Payne ten thousand leagues away from her.
He had known Jack's governor for years, and so a too formal introduction was unnecessary.
All this was equivalent to my formal adoption as Mr. Stewart's son.
They parted, however, without establishing any formal acquaintance.
A formal ceremony preliminary to the reconciliation of two enemies.
She enclosed a formal refusal of the invitation to the Haberdashers' Assistants' Ball.
When the formal ceremonies were ended I again arose and addressed the Emperor.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FORMAL
- in established usage
- a priori
- as a matter of course
- by fiat
- by natural law
- by nature
- on faith