What is formal?

  • (adj): Represented in simplified or symbolic form.
    Synonyms: conventional, schematic
    See also — Additional definitions below


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

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Some articles on formal:

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 ... 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 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 ...
Cauchy Product - Series
... A particularly 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 ...
Formal - Computer Science
... Formal methods, mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems Formal specification, describes what a system should do, not ...
David Rumelhart
... psychologist who made many contributions to the formal analysis of human cognition, working primarily within the frameworks of mathematical psychology, symbolic artificial intelligence, and parallel ... He also admired formal linguistic approaches to cognition, and explored the possibility of formulating a formal grammar to capture the structure of stories ...

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

Famous quotes containing the word formal:

    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)

    The manifestation of poetry in external life is formal perfection. True sentiment grows within, and art must represent internal phenomena externally.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791–1872)

    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)