**Formal**

**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

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### Other articles related to "formal":

**formal**Learning -

**Formal**and Non

**formal**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 ...

... 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 ...

... 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

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**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)