• WordNet 3.6
    • n formalities a requirement of etiquette or custom "a mere formality"
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  • Angela Carter
    “The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.”
  • Maya Angelou
    “The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.”
  • Ray Kroc
    Ray Kroc
    “While formal schooling is an important advantage, it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.”
  • Paul E. Gray
    Paul E. Gray
    “The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
  • David Grayson
    David Grayson
    “Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode: it is rather a life.”


In literature:

Presently, the formal ring was broken, and each female stepping out singly, danced according to her individual fancy.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
A formal Statute gave priests the right to marry.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
That afternoon the Crugers were to make a formal call on Helene.
"The Music Master" by Charles Klein
The preliminary occupation of Corsica by the French was ostensibly formal.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
On the next day, royalty was formally abolished.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The Parts of Formal Logic.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
He was formally welcomed by Lieutenant-Governor George Dundas, Chief Justice Hodgson, Premier, the Hon.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
But never mind, formalities or no formalities, nothing must stand in the way of his salvation.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Mr. Dinwiddie's countenance as a rule was as formal and politely expressionless as became his dignified status, but tonight it was not.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Arjen rose as the Ranger approached, inclining his head but not repeating the full formal salute.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson

In poetry:

I am the tiger's confidant,
And never mention names:
The lion drops the formal "Sir,"
And lets me call him James.
"The Oneness Of The Philosopher With Nature" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
                    the thin coast
(of grey Norway is it, or of Russia?)
distinguished only as a formal change
in the pattern of clouds on our port side
"Evening: Barents Sea" by Ben Jonson
She guides the foot that treads on Parian floors;
She wins the ear when formal pleas are vain;
She tempts Patricians from the fatal doors
Of Vice's brothel, forth to Virtue's fane.
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone
On life's broad plain the ploughman's conquering share
Upturned the fallow lands of truth anew,
And o'er the formal garden's trim parterre
The peasant's team a ruthless furrow drew.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
For should there come that threatened day,
When creeds shall fade, when faith decay,
And worship shall have ceased,
Then, when all formal guides shall fail,
Mankind will in the Poet hail
A prophet and a priest.
"Poet’s Corner" by Alfred Austin
Are we grown old and past the time of singing?
Is ardor quenched in art
Till art is but a formal figure, bringing
A money-measured heart,
Procrustean cut, and, with old echoes, ringing
Its bells about the mart?
"Protest" by John Charles McNeill

In news:

In addition to Louie's catering business, which does casual catering , Pettit has a more formal catering service, CaterMe Events, which leases the kitchen at the Refinery in Champaign.
I've been meaning to do a formal introductory post for this blog almost since I started off a month or so ago.
The presidents of two BC Conservative Party constituency associations issued a formal call Tuesday morning for John Cummins to resign as leader.
No formal complaint filed against Montreal's ' Const 728'.
No formal complaint has been filed yet over a headline-grabbing incident involving a Montreal police officer.
Jacksonville schools formalize financial, strategic plans.
President Hugo Chávez waving at a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday, the day he formally registered to run for re-election.
The town council's tax classification workshop planned for Thursday night has been rescheduled to Nov 16, which is also the date of the council's formal tax classification hearing.
The Editor interviews Howard Sklar, Senior Counsel, Recommind Inc. We understand it is the industry's first and only formal education program in this area.
Page 1 of 2 Cloud storage startup Nasuni, which last week unveiled new technology which sets retention periods for regulatory data stored in a cloud, is preparing to introduce its first formal channel program.
Syria, Lebanon Formalize Diplomatic Ties.
Officials in Syria and Lebanon signed an agreement Wednesday formalizing diplomatic ties between the two countries for the first time since they gained independence in the 1940s.
FDT Group, PACTware Consortium formalize collaboration.
CEA, MERA Formalize Partnership Dec 30, 2005 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Unlike a corporate CEO, a university president has little formal power.

In science:

Then S is cal led a formal desingularization of X iff there exists some desingularization π s.t. S is a formal description of it.
Adjoint Computation for Hypersurfaces Using Formal Desingularizations
Correctness of the following is immediate by Theorem 4.6, and termination is trivial because formal desingularizations can be computed and consist of finitely many formal prime divisors.
Adjoint Computation for Hypersurfaces Using Formal Desingularizations
In Chapter 5 I shall use this formalism to derive some properties of the solutions of an optimization problem which is formally equivalent to a diluted Ising spin glass.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
Syntax diagrams as a formalism for representation of syntactic relations of formal languages.: in printing. Mac Lane S.
The topology of syntax relations of a formal language
A convenient formalism for describing extensions of the conformal symmetry generated by the Virasoro algebra is provided by the formalism of vertex algebras, see [B, FLM, K, FBZ].
Nonrational conformal field theory