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

For other uses of form see Form (disambiguation)

For other uses of formalism see Formalism (disambiguation)

Formal may also refer to:

  • Formal (university), a type of ceremonial event at university
  • School formal, a type of ceremonial event at school
  • Formal wear, clothing for formal occasions
  • Informal sector, as opposed to Formal sector, economic activity beyond the purview of government
  • A Formality, an established procedure or set of specific behaviors

Read more about Formal:  Logic and Mathematics, Linguistics, Chemistry, Computer Science

Other articles related to "formal":

Informal Learning - Formal and Nonformal Education
... informal learning it is useful to define the terms "formal" and "non-formal" education ... 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 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 ...
Cauchy Product - Series
... 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 ...
David Rumelhart
... who made many contributions to the formal analysis of human cognition, working primarily within the frameworks of mathematical psychology, symbolic ... 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 ...

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)

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

    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)