## Formal

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

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... 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 ...

... "

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

**formal**power series ...

**formal**Learning -

**Formal**and Non

**formal**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

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**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"*

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*adj*): Refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court.

Synonyms: courtly, elegant, stately

- (
*adj*): Logically deductive.

Example:*"Formal proof"*

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*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"*

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*adj*): Represented in simplified or symbolic form.

Synonyms: conventional, schematic

### 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 approvèd 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)