What is formal?

  • (adj): Refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court.
    Synonyms: courtly, elegant, stately
    See also — Additional definitions below


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

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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 ...
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 ...
Formal - Computer Science
... Formal methods, mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems Formal specification, describes what a ...
Informal Learning - Formal and Nonformal Education
... To fully understand 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 ... 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
... important example is to consider 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 ...

More definitions of "formal":

  • (adj): Logically deductive.
    Example: "Formal proof"
  • (adj): Being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress).
    Example: "Pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"
  • (adj): Characteristic of or befitting a person in authority.
    Example: "Formal duties"; "an official banquet"
  • (adj): (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms.
    Example: "The paper was written in formal English"

Famous quotes containing the word formal:

    It is in the nature of allegory, as opposed to symbolism, to beg the question of absolute reality. The allegorist avails himself of a formal correspondence between “ideas” and “things,” both of which he assumes as given; he need not inquire whether either sphere is “real” or whether, in the final analysis, reality consists in their interaction.
    Charles, Jr. Feidelson, U.S. educator, critic. Symbolism and American Literature, ch. 1, University of Chicago Press (1953)

    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)

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