• WordNet 3.6
    • n conformity acting according to certain accepted standards "their financial statements are in conformity with generally accepted accounting practices"
    • n conformity correspondence in form or appearance
    • n conformity hardened conventionality
    • n conformity orthodoxy in thoughts and belief
    • n conformity concurrence of opinion "we are in accord with your proposal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Conformity (Eng. Eccl. Hist) Compliance with the usages of the Established Church. "The king [James I.] soon afterward put forth a proclamation requiring all ecclesiastical and civil officers to do their duty by enforcing conformity ."
    • Conformity Correspondence in form, manner, or character; resemblance; agreement; congruity; -- followed by to with, or between. "By our conformity to God.""The end of all religion is but to draw us to a conformity with God.""A conformity between the mental taste and the sensitive taste."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conformity Correspondence in form or manner; resemblance; agreement; congruity; likeness; harmony: in this and the next meaning, followed by to or with before the object with which another agrees, and in before the matter in which there is agreement: as, a ship is constructed in conformity to or with a model; conformity in shape.
    • n conformity Submission; accordance; acquiescence.
    • n conformity In English history, adherence to the Established Church, or compliance with its requirements and principles. Full conformity was required by so called acts of uniformity passed by Parliament in 1553 (extended in 1593) and 1662, all other forms of worship being prohibited, and observance of them made punishable by deprivation of legal rights, imprisonment, and even death. These laws were enforced with varying degrees of rigor, but were greatly relaxed in terms at the revolution of 1688; and by later enactments the disabilities created by them have been almost wholly removed. See dissenter and nonconformist.
    • n conformity In geology, parallelism of dip and strike between two strata or groups of strata. It may be produced by faulting, differing in this respect from conformability.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Conformity likeness: compliance: consistency
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one babe commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it.”
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    “Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.”
  • Carl Van Doren
    Carl Van Doren
    “The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Our expenses are all for conformity.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. conformité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conformārecon, with, and formāreforma, form.


In literature:

Holt was consulted, and was directed to prepare clauses in conformity with the terms of the capitulation.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
If they cannot conform to our religion, why do they not worship God in their own way at home?
"Celebrated Crimes, Complete" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The virtue in most request is conformity.
"Essays, First Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The one will not conform to any common practice: the other will subscribe to any thriving system.
"Table-Talk" by William Hazlitt
So the body of the world drew its original from the soul, and became conformable and like to it.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
It is not that women must be all things to all men, but that their simplicity must conform to time and circumstance.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
I also require a strict conformity to the hours and rules of the Academy.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
On Sunday Mrs. March partially conformed to an earlier New England ideal of the day by ceasing from sight-seeing.
"The March Family Trilogy, Complete" by William Dean Howells
I wished to conform to this law, which very foolishly interfered with old habits.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Innovating people do conform to current usage, albeit they conform unwillingly and imperfectly.
"First and Last Things" by H. G. Wells

In poetry:

Come doon and conform,
Pyke an honest worm,
And hap yer bairns frae the comin storm,
Spendrife laverock!
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald
He bids her not to him conform,
He does not question her intent;
He takes the sunshine and the storm
As strings of some sweet instrument;
"Nature And the Book" by Alfred Austin
I showed him that his coat, all dust,
Top boots and cords provoked compassion,
And proved that men of station must
Conform to the decrees of fashion.
"The Folly of Brown -" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The illustration
is nothing to you without the application.
You lack half wit. You crush all the particles down
into close conformity, and then walk back and forth on them.
"To a Steam Roller" by Marianne Moore
These four brother floods, like a garland of flowers,
Shall entwine all our states in a band
Conform and confederate their wide-spreading powers,
And their wealth and their wisdom expand.
"On The Discoveries Of Captain Lewis (January 14, 1807)" by Joel Barlow
Piety and conformity to them that like!
Peace, obesity, allegiance, to them that like!
I am he who tauntingly compels men, women, nations,
Crying, Leap from your seats, and contend for your lives!
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The members of the Shasta Public Libraries Teen Advisory Board do not conform to the typical teen stereotype.
Conforms to a variety of gait types.
"We recognized that Asia's economic growth over the last decade had produced a new category of affluence that did not conform to the industry's narrow definition of what it means to be wealthy," he said.
I processed an order hoping to pay with paypal (just incase) and received an email conformation but the only option for payment was direct deposit to bank accounts, makes me think its dodgey.
Full electrical and conformance test support now available for test fixtures.
Alliance Truck Parts' new back-up alarm conforms to SAEJ994 standards and can be used on construction or agricultural machinery, and any truck that requires this type of alarm.
Radio personality's blunder shows we'll believe anything that conforms to our view.
Changed some sizes to conform with common usage.
Alas, as Victor Frankenstein found out long ago, monsters rarely conform to their creators' intentions.
Energy, power interruption: Automatically operated miniature circuit breaker that protects an electrical circuit from damage caused by overload or short circuit, with ring tongue lug connections conforming to UL 489, CSA 22.2 No.
Buddha Sakia conformed in the main to the religious doctrines, ceremonies, and customs of his native land.
With the bundled PerfectLum application, the Dell U3011 is delivered DICOM-calibrated, with the possibility of 10-bit hardware re-calibration, DICOM conformance and luminance checks, as well as acceptance and constancy tests.
The certificate of conformity makes it the only dual-fuel natural gas retrofit certified by the EPA, allowing DNG kits to modify a variety of engines from model years 2010-12 that encompass power ratings from 400 to 600 horsepower.
"We're not looking at it as art, but as a non-conforming structure," said Zoning Board of Appeals member Brendan Skislock of the 16' 1 pair of legs standing along the northern wall of 161 Madison Street near downtown Sag Harbor.
Tall and lanky, with a voice that occasionally cracks and a forelock that resists conformity.

In science:

Once the FRW metric is transformed into the conformally flat form, there exist the 15-parametric group of four-dimensional conformal transformations (see e.g., ref. ()) that keeps the conformally flat form of the metric.
Conformally flat FRW metrics
Rod Gover: For suitable conformally invariant dif ferential operators and for operators or complexes with appropriate “nearly invariant” properties, there are determinants (or torsions) which are not conformally invariant but nevertheless have useful “Polyakov type” formulas for their conformal variation.
Future Directions of Research in Geometry: A Summary of the Panel Discussion at the 2007 Midwest Geometry Conference
Fujiki [5, Theorem 1.1], if a self-dual conformal class on nCP2 admits an effective K -action of conformal isometries, then it coincides with the conformal class of some Joyce metric.
A new series of compact minitwistor spaces and Moishezon twistor spaces over them
Among the possible implementations in I (A), the conformance relation tioco (for timed input-output conformance) formally defines which ones conform to A, naturally extending the classical ioco relation of Tretmans to timed systems: Definition 2.2 (Conformance relation).
Off-line test selection with test purposes for non-deterministic timed automata
Analogy With Rational Conformal Field Theory This structure is reminiscent of rational conformal field theory, with the bZv playing the role of the conformal blocks.
A Strong Coupling Test of S-Duality