formalities

[ fawr-mal-i-tee ]SEE DEFINITION OF formalities

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FORMALITIES

I want to know if there are any formalities to be gone through.'

One can never tell what delays or formalities there may be.'

The Regent was the last man in the world to care for these formalities.

"We might waive the formalities in the interests of justice," purred the Lieutenant.

There were no formalities over measurements of blades or selection of ground.

Not inclined to bother herself with the formalities of marriage?

The formalities of the world are so much more to you than to me!

What but subtleties of the Scotists: quiddities, formalities, etc.!

Lieutenant Carstens said, after the formalities had been gone through with.

The old lady may be dying, but she will not sacrifice the formalities.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "agreement as to form," from Middle French formalité (15c.) or directly from Latin formalis "formal" (see formal). Originally "literary form;" meaning "something done for the sake of form" is from 1590s. Related: Formalities.

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