What is formal?

  • (adj): Characteristic of or befitting a person in authority.
    Example: "Formal duties"; "an official banquet"
    See also — Additional definitions below


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

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David Rumelhart
... who made many contributions to the formal analysis of human cognition, working primarily within the frameworks of mathematical psychology, symbolic artificial intelligence, and parallel distributed processing ... 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, as in formal mathematical logic ...
Cauchy Product - Series
... "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
... 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 grades, diplomas ... 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 - Computer Science
... Formal methods, mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems Formal specification, describes what a ...

More definitions of "formal":

  • (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): Refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court.
    Synonyms: courtly, elegant, stately
  • (adj): Logically deductive.
    Example: "Formal proof"
  • (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:

    Then the justice,
    In fair round belly with good capon lined,
    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
    Full of wise saws and modern instances;
    And so he plays his part.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    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)

    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)