Formal in a sentence

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Definition of Formal

  • See Methylal.
  • Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing.
  • Belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished from the matter composing it; having the power of making a thing what it is; constituent; essential; pertaining to or depending on the forms, so called, of the human intellect.
  • Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent.
  • Devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules; punctilious; regular; orderly; methodical; of a prescribed form; exact; prim; stiff; ceremonious; as, a man formal in his dress, his gait, his conversation.
  • Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc.
  • Dependent in form; conventional.
  • a gown for evening wear
  • a lavish dance requiring formal attire
  • being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)
  • (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms

How to use formal in a sentence. Formal pronunciation.

It was a plain, formal letter, giving a brief account of his doings in Ireland, and making a request that Louise would meet him, if possible, on Streatham Common, at three o'clock on Saturday afternoon.
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The scene when the two brother officers bring the formal challenge to Sanin is the only scene in the novel marked by.
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On her arrival at Brannan the formal transfer was solemnly made; and the Empress bade farewell to all her Austrian household, retaining in her service only her first lady of honor, Madame de Lajanski, who had reared her and never been absent from her.
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Narrow passages connect the Lane with its more formal neighbour Camberwell Grove; on the other side are ways leading towards Denmark Hill, quiet, leafy.
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The second piece of news vexed Nancy; she resolved never to come again, unless on formal invitation.
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When Nancy rejected his formal offer of devotion, the desire to wed her besieged him more vigorously; Samuel was piqued at the tone of lofty trifling in which the girl answered his proposal; for assuredly he esteemed himself no less remarkable a person than he appeared in the eyes of his sisters, and his vanity had been encouraged by Mr. Lord's favour.
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Some one must go to the police-station and make a formal charge.
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He had within him, in default of a formal creed, a fund of general belief and respect for holy things-that kind of religious sensibility which was shocked by impious cynicism.
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They were happy in being able to substitute a sort of positive and formal religion for restraints so limited as their own confused and floating notions of honor.
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It was the only organization at the front of which a formal muster was made, and was the only one there which had muster- and pay-rolls.
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The next day witnessed the formal surrender of the city.
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It was arranged that the formal surrender should take place between the lines on the morning of July 17th, each army being represented by 100 armed men.
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Then the solecisms they committed in more formal society, oh!
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Something seemed to keep him back, and he was not certain that the reason he stayed was because the Government had not yet sent a formal promise to build the bridge.
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And so he came forward faintly embarrassed to meet a small pale man, whom he judged to be seventy or thereabouts, coming forward nimbly, bent a little, with a long, thin arm and bony hand extended in a formal languor of welcome.
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The formal organization of the Unitas Fratrum (the Unity of Brethren) followed, and its preaching, theological publications, and educational work soon raised it to great influence in Bohemia, Moravia, and Poland, friendly intercourse being established with Luther, Calvin, and other Reformers as they became prominent.
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Urlsperger was offended that the negotiations from Herrnhut with the Trustees were not being carried on through him, "the only one in Germany to whom the Trustees had sent formal authority to receive people persecuted on account of religion, or forced to emigrate," and the Halle party were unable or unwilling to meet the leaders of the Moravians "without prejudice".
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When the "first company" left Herrnhut for London and the New World, they took with them Count Zinzendorf's formal "Instructions" for the conduct of their affairs: "I shall not attempt to tell you what you are to do from day to day.
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He said that he had tried to secure from the Trustees a formal "dispensation", either verbal or written, exempting the Moravians entirely from military duty, but they refused to give it, insisting that the Moravians must at least employ two men to represent the two town lots in defense of the country.
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So soon as Zinzendorf heard that his word was needed, he sent them a formal letter of introduction to Oglethorpe, which was gladly received as corroboration of their statements.
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Examples of Formal

Example #1
Mr. Cobb wrote in ignorance of Miss Derrick's having left home.
Example #2
Reluctantly, but with curiosity, Emmeline glanced over the sheet.
Example #3
Later, Sanin, not because he disapproves of the libertine officer's affair with his sister, but because he regards the officer as a blockhead, treats him with scant courtesy; and the officer, hidebound by convention, sees no way out but a challenge to a duel.
Example #4
This is finally satisfactorily arranged.
Example #5
Etiquette required that the household of the Empress should be entirely French, and the orders of the Emperor were very precise in this regard; but I do not know whether it is true, as has been stated, that the Empress had demanded and obtained from the Emperor permission to retain for a year this lady of honor.
Example #6
Queen Caroline, of whom the Emperor once said that she was a man among her sisters, as Prince Joseph was a woman among his brothers, mistook, it is said, the timidity of Marie Louise for weakness, and thought that she would only have to speak and her young sister-in-law would hasten to obey.