The rigid observance of rules of convention or etiquette
he retained the formality of his social background
Stiffness of behavior or style
with disconcerting formality, the brothers shook hands
A thing that is done simply to comply with requirements of etiquette, regulations, or custom
Something that is done as a matter of course and without question; an inevitability
her saying no was just a formality, and both of them knew it
a requirement of etiquette or custom; "a mere formality"
a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies; "the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention"
compliance with formal rules; "courtroom formality"
A formality is an established procedure or set of specific behaviors and utterances, conceptually similar to a ritual although typically secular and less involved. ...
The state of being formal; Something said or done as a matter of form; A customary ritual without new or unique meaning
(Formalities) The procedures that must be followed to allow a corporation to run as a separate entity.
words used in formal situations. Usually there are also more common words that mean nearly the same thing. For example, 'to controvert' means to argue. It's adjective is more common and less formal: 'controversial'.
A way of expressing social differences between speakers, often used to show respect or a lack thereof. Sometimes marked on or with pronouns, nouns and verbs. In early Modern English, the second person pronoun thou was casual and you was formal. Chapter 7.
The conditions which must be observed in making contracts, and the words which the law gives to be used in order to render them valid; it also signifies the conditions which the law requires to make regular proceedings.
Rigor at each stage in the development of a system.