1. (n.) See Methylal.

2. (a.) Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing.

3. (a.) Belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished from the matter composing it; having the power of making a thing what it is; constituent; essential; pertaining to or depending on the forms, so called, of the human intellect.

4. (a.) Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent.

5. (a.) Devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules; punctilious; regular; orderly; methodical; of a prescribed form; exact; prim; stiff; ceremonious; as, a man formal in his dress, his gait, his conversation.

6. (a.) Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc.

7. (a.) Dependent in form; conventional.

8. (a.) Sound; normal.

High-Church Latinate accepted acknowledged adjectival admitted adverbial anatomic approved architectonic architectural arranged attributive authorized awkward baccalaureate service baptismal being done bloated bombastic businesslike byname celebration ceremonial ceremonious ceremony chivalric chivalrous cognominal comme il faut commencement conditional confining conformable conjunctive constructional conventional conventionalized convocation copulative correct courtly cramped cumbrous customary de rigueur decent decorous definite demure dignified diminutive distant dress uniform earnest edificial elephantine empty formality epithetic established eucharistic evening dress exact exacting exercise exercises explicit express extrinsic fixed flatulent forced formal dress formalist formalistic formality formalized formational formative formulaic formular formulary frowning full dress function functional gallant gassy glossematic graduation graduation exercises grammatic grandiloquent grave grim grim-faced grim-visaged guinde habitual halting harmonious heavy honorific hypocoristic impersonal in hand in name only inaugural inauguration inflated inflexible initiation inkhorn intransitive knightly labored lawful leaden legal legalistic limited linking liturgic liturgistic liturgy long-faced lumbering meet methodical modal morphological morphotic mummery nominal nominative normal observance office official old-fashioned old-world ordered orderly organic organismal orthodox ostensible outward participial paschal pedantic performance plastic pompous ponderous pontifical postpositional precise prepositional prescribed pretended prim pro forma professed pronominal proper punctilious purported quasi received recognized regalia regular religious ceremony reserved right rigid rite rite de passage rite of passage ritual ritualistic routine sacramental sacramentarian sedate seemly self-called self-christened self-important self-styled serious service sesquipedalian set so-called sober sober-minded sobersided soi-disant solemn solemnity solemnization somber square staid standard starched stately steady stiff stilted stone-faced straight straight-faced strait-laced straitened strict structural stuffy stylized substantive substructural superficial superstructural supposed surface swollen symmetrical syntactic systematic tagmemic tails tectonic textural thoughtful titular traditional transitive tumid turgid tuxedo unbending unchanging uniform unsmiling unwieldy usual verbal weighty well-ordered well-regulated would-be


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