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Synonyms for formal
ˈfɔr məlfor·mal

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  1. formalnoun


  2. formalnoun

    being in accord with established forms


  3. formalnoun



  4. formaladjective

    relating to the form or structure of something

    Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal.


  5. formaladjective


  6. formaladjective


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ball, formalnoun

    a lavish dance requiring formal attire

    lump, clump, orb, glob, bollock, testis, clod, dinner dress, globe, nut, evening gown, musket ball, dinner gown, chunk, egg, testicle, ball, orchis, ballock

    informal, folksy, unlogical, epistolary, casual, nonliterary, undignified, illogical, subliterary, unceremonial, representational, vulgar, daily, common, unliterary, conversational, vernacular, colloquial, epistolatory, slangy, unceremonious, unofficial, everyday, free-and-easy

  2. dinner dress, dinner gown, formal, evening gownadjective

    a gown for evening wear

    dinner dress, dinner gown, ball, evening gown

    common, daily, slangy, epistolatory, unlogical, nonliterary, folksy, subliterary, illogical, casual, everyday, unceremonial, representational, unofficial, informal, undignified, unliterary, epistolary, vernacular, vulgar, colloquial, conversational, unceremonious, free-and-easy

  3. formaladjective

    being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)

    "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"

    stately, courtly, schematic, conventional

    everyday, unofficial, illogical, undignified, casual, unliterary, vernacular, nonliterary, informal, conversational, unceremonious, unceremonial, colloquial, free-and-easy, folksy, subliterary, common, epistolatory, daily, slangy, vulgar, epistolary, representational, unlogical

  4. formaladjective

    characteristic of or befitting a person in authority

    "formal duties"; "an official banquet"

    stately, courtly, schematic, conventional

    unceremonious, slangy, casual, conversational, epistolary, representational, folksy, unceremonial, undignified, nonliterary, illogical, subliterary, unliterary, colloquial, informal, vulgar, free-and-easy, common, epistolatory, unlogical, daily, vernacular, unofficial, everyday

  5. formaladjective

    (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms

    "the paper was written in formal English"

    stately, courtly, schematic, conventional

    casual, daily, slangy, epistolary, unliterary, informal, representational, unofficial, common, nonliterary, free-and-easy, conversational, vernacular, illogical, unlogical, vulgar, colloquial, unceremonial, everyday, unceremonious, undignified, subliterary, epistolatory, folksy

  6. conventional, formal, schematicadjective

    represented in simplified or symbolic form

    established, ceremonious, courtly, schematic, stately, conventional

    representational, nonliterary, informal, epistolary, undignified, daily, common, epistolatory, vulgar, unceremonial, free-and-easy, casual, unofficial, illogical, slangy, folksy, subliterary, vernacular, everyday, colloquial, unliterary, unlogical, conversational, unceremonious

  7. formaladjective

    logically deductive

    "formal proof"

    stately, courtly, schematic, conventional

    epistolatory, conversational, unceremonious, unlogical, illogical, unofficial, informal, unceremonial, daily, representational, nonliterary, everyday, colloquial, free-and-easy, casual, undignified, common, unliterary, epistolary, slangy, vulgar, subliterary, vernacular, folksy

  8. courtly, formal, statelyadjective

    refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court

    "a courtly gentleman"

    baronial, noble, conventional, stately, schematic, imposing, statuesque, courtly

    free-and-easy, unofficial, representational, conversational, nonliterary, casual, unceremonial, undignified, informal, epistolatory, folksy, slangy, vernacular, daily, everyday, colloquial, unceremonious, vulgar, common, illogical, unlogical, unliterary, subliterary, epistolary

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. formaladjective

    express, explicit, positive, in due form, according to established form

  2. formaladjective

    regular, methodical

  3. formaladjective

    ceremonious, precise, punctilious, stiff, starch, starched, prim, affectedly exact

  4. formaladjective

    constitutive, essential

  5. formaladjective

    external, as mere form

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. formaladjective

    ceremonial, express, explicit, punctilious, methodical, prim, ceremonious, conventional

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  1. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev:

    I think a lot of people in social networks, critics, continue to say he’s a nominee of Nazarbayev, that Nazarbayev is standing behind his back and manipulating him, now he has complete formal executive power, the question is how he will deploy it. He needs to take command.

  2. James Duff:

    Many employees just want guidance, counseling and, we think, intervention earlier on in the process, so you don't need to get to the formal complaint process, so we are going to create other outlets for employees at both the national level and throughout the( regional court) circuits.

  3. Maura Joyce:

    We have formal security on the doors and windows, but we wanted to add this for cheap, price and the fact that the system automatically alerts you when something happens were the two main reasons we decided to move in this direction.

  4. Mark Connelly:

    I think it highly likely that someone, somewhere did bring out a ball and a bit of a kick about took place, but that is a long, long way from saying it definitely happened and that it was anything like a formal match rather than just men tapping a ball about a bit, there is a huge difference between a truce and fraternization and we have tended to put the two together.

  5. Jordan Sekulow:

    Pastor Saeed languishes in a filthy and violent prison in Iran -- not because he poses any threat or violated any law -- but because he peacefully gathered to pray with other Christian believers almost 15 years ago, as the U.S. government sits down with Iran in Geneva it is imperative that our diplomats carry out President Obama's promise to young Jacob and secure Pastor Saeed's release in advance of any formal agreement with Iran.

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