**Formal**

**Formal,** (adj.) relating to an established hierarchy, procedure or set of specific behaviors.

For other uses of * form* see Form (disambiguation)

For other uses of * formalism* see Formalism (disambiguation)

*Formal* may also refer to:

- Formal (university), a type of ceremonial event at university
- School formal, a type of ceremonial event at school
- Formal wear, clothing for formal occasions
- Informal sector, as opposed to
*Formal sector*, economic activity beyond the purview of government - A Formality, an established procedure or set of specific behaviors

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**formal**Learning -

**Formal**and Non

**formal**Education

... learning it is useful to define the terms "

**formal**" and "non-

**formal**" education ... Merriam, Caffarella, and Baumgartner (2007), state "

**Formal**education is highly institutionalized, bureaucratic, curriculum driven, and formally recognized with grades, diplomas, or certificates" (p ... Merriam and others (2007), also state "The term non-

**formal**has been used most often to describe organized learning outside of the

**formal**education system ...

... the sequences to be terms of two strictly

**formal**(not necessarily convergent) series usually, of real or complex numbers ... "

**Formal**" means we are manipulating series in disregard of any questions of convergence ... See in particular

**formal**power series ...

**Formal**Calculation

... In mathematical logic, a

**formal**calculation is a calculation which is systematic, but without a rigorous justification ... However, this interpretation of the term

**formal**is not universally accepted, and some consider it to mean quite the opposite A completely rigorous argument, as in

**formal**mathematical logic ...

... March 13, 2011) was an American psychologist who made many contributions to the

**formal**analysis of human cognition, working primarily within the frameworks of mathematical ... He also admired

**formal**linguistic approaches to cognition, and explored the possibility of formulating a

**formal**grammar to capture the structure of stories ...

**Formal**- Computer Science

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**Formal**methods, mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems

**Formal**specification ...

### Famous quotes containing the word formal:

“Two clergymen disputing whether ordination would be valid without the imposition of both hands, the more *formal* one said, “Do you think the Holy Dove could fly down with only one wing?””

—Horace Walpole (1717–1797)

“The conviction that the best way to prepare children for a harsh, rapidly changing world is to introduce *formal* instruction at an early age is wrong. There is simply no evidence to support it, and considerable evidence against it. Starting children early academically has not worked in the past and is not working now.”

—David Elkind (20th century)

“The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of *formal* confrontation.”

—Angela Carter (1940–1992)