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":

David Rumelhart
... June 12, 1942 – 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 psychology ... He also admired formal linguistic approaches to cognition, and explored the possibility of formulating a formal grammar to capture the structure of stories ...
Informal Learning - Formal and Nonformal Education
... 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Formal - Computer Science
... Formal methods, mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems Formal specification, describes what a ...

Famous quotes containing the word formal:

    This is no argument against teaching manners to the young. On the contrary, it is a fine old tradition that ought to be resurrected from its current mothballs and put to work...In fact, children are much more comfortable when they know the guide rules for handling the social amenities. It’s no more fun for a child to be introduced to a strange adult and have no idea what to say or do than it is for a grownup to go to a formal dinner and have no idea what fork to use.
    Leontine Young (20th century)

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

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