What is formal?

  • (adj): Logically deductive.
    Example: "Formal proof"
    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:

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 ... He also admired formal linguistic approaches to cognition, and explored the possibility of formulating a formal grammar to capture the structure of stories ...
Formal - Computer Science
... Formal methods, mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems Formal specification, describes what a ...
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 ...
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 ... "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
... 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" (p ... Merriam and others (2007), also state "The term non-formal has been used most often to describe organized learning outside of the formal education ...

More definitions of "formal":

  • (adj): Characteristic of or befitting a person in authority.
    Example: "Formal duties"; "an official banquet"
  • (adj): Refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court.
    Synonyms: courtly, elegant, stately
  • (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"

Famous quotes containing the word formal:

    The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.
    Angela Carter (1940–1992)

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

    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)