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  • nounconvention, custom
  • nounetiquette, protocol

synonyms for formality

  • procedure
  • red tape
  • rite
  • ritual
  • academism
  • ceremony
  • conventionality
  • form
  • gesture
  • liturgy
  • rubric
  • rule
  • service
  • solemnity
  • stereotype
  • tradition
  • convenance
  • matter of form
  • officialism
  • rituality
  • solemnness
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antonyms for formality

MOST RELEVANT
  • informality
  • informality
  • unsuitableness
  • impropriety
  • wrong
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How to use formality in a sentence

Aside from establishing the level of formality, those giving weddings must rely on the judgment of the participants.
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Currently, thousands of troops are stationed inside and outside the building, and the situational response is taking on a formality and sophistication akin to a military operation.
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In reality, Pence does have a role to play when Congress meets to certify the Electoral College’s votes on January 6, but it is more a formality than anything.
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While it’s only a formality at this point, the state Legislature still needs to confirm Assemblywoman Shirley Weber as secretary of state.
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With less formality and more announcements than any other prestige show, the video games industry has an awards show that tries to be its mirror.
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It is not, however, the incident in itself that is now referred to, but only the formality ascribed to it in the narrative.
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Accustomed to a written character, their eyes became wearied by the crabbedness and formality of type.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
With great deliberation and much formality Wu-pom Nai proceeded to loosen the boy's heavy plaits of hair.
OUR LITTLE KOREAN COUSINH. LEE M. PIKE
By-and-by all pretence of formality and order is put aside and the battle really begins.
PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, VOLUME 158, APRIL 28, 1920VARIOUS
Before I could reply, the door flew open without the formality of a knock, and old Mrs. Bolum ran in.
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WORDS RELATED TO FORMALITY

  • acerbity
  • asperity
  • astringence
  • coldness
  • exactingness
  • exactness
  • formality
  • formalness
  • gravity
  • grimness
  • hardness
  • harshness
  • inclemency
  • inflexibility
  • obduracy
  • rigidity
  • rigor
  • seriousness
  • solemnity
  • sternness
  • stiffness
  • strictness
  • stringency
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