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

Read more about Formal:  Logic and Mathematics, Linguistics, Chemistry, Computer Science

Other articles related to "formal":

Formal - Computer Science
... Formal methods, mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems Formal specification, describes what a system should do, not how it should do it ...
David Rumelhart
... was an American psychologist who made many contributions to the formal analysis of human cognition, working primarily within the frameworks of mathematical psychology, symbolic artificial ... He also admired formal linguistic approaches to cognition, and explored the possibility of formulating a formal grammar to capture the structure of stories ...
Cauchy Product - Series
... 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 ...
Informal Learning - Formal and Nonformal Education
... informal 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 ... 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 ...
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 ...

Famous quotes containing the word formal:

    The formal Washington dinner party has all the spontaneity of a Japanese imperial funeral.
    Simon Hoggart (b. 1946)

    True variety is in that plenitude of real and unexpected elements, in the branch charged with blue flowers thrusting itself, against all expectations, from the springtime hedge which seems already too full, while the purely formal imitation of variety ... is but void and uniformity, that is, that which is most opposed to variety....
    Marcel Proust (1871–1922)

    I will not let him stir
    Till I have used the approv├Ęd means I have,
    With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers,
    To make of him a formal man again.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)