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

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

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Some articles on formal:

Formal - Computer Science
... Formal methods, mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems Formal specification ...
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, diplomas, or certificates ... 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 ...
David Rumelhart
... March 13, 2011) was an American psychologist who made many contributions to the formal analysis of human cognition, working primarily within the ... 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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "formal":

  • (adj): Characteristic of or befitting a person in authority.
    Example: "Formal duties"; "an official banquet"
  • (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): (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"
  • (adj): Logically deductive.
    Example: "Formal proof"

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)

    The conviction that the best way to prepare children for a harsh, rapidly changing world is to introduce formal instruction at an early age is wrong. There is simply no evidence to support it, and considerable evidence against it. Starting children early academically has not worked in the past and is not working now.
    David Elkind (20th century)

    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)