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formal

  
[1]  
      adj  
1    of, according to, or following established or prescribed forms, conventions, etc.  
a formal document     
2    characterized by observation of conventional forms of ceremony, behaviour, dress, etc.  
a formal dinner     
3    methodical, precise, or stiff  
4    suitable for occasions organized according to conventional ceremony  
formal dress     
5    denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc., used by educated speakers and writers of a language  
6    acquired by study in academic institutions  
a formal education     
7    regular or symmetrical in form  
a formal garden     
8    of or relating to the appearance, form, etc., of something as distinguished from its substance  
9    logically deductive  
formal proof     
10      (Philosophy)  
a    of or relating to form as opposed to matter or content  
b    pertaining to the essence or nature of something  
formal cause     
c    (in the writings of Descartes) pertaining to the correspondence between an image or idea and its object  
d    being in the formal mode  
11    denoting a second-person pronoun in some languages used when the addressee is a stranger, social superior, etc.  
in French the pronoun ``vous'' is formal, while ``tu'' is informal     
     (C14: from Latin formalis)  
  formally      adv  
  formalness      n  
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adv.
A formal word that is put in the beginning of sentence that has a similar meaning to furthermore, therefore, and from now on
I like ice-cream; Hence, I have lots of ice-cream cups in my fridge
n.
participant-driven meeting with no predefined agenda as opposed to high-price, top-down and formal conferences
conj.
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.
n.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
n.
the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
n.
a group selfie ; a picture taken by one person next to other people, usually to share it through social media
[Slang] comes from the combination of "selfie" and "us"
n.
a group to vote for as a whole, not by individuals.
a term used on voting ballots
v.
[subj: poiicemen] to herd [demonstrators] into a compact group in order to control their movements
n.
competitive set: a group of other brands offering a similar product or service, to the same consumers
n.
police crowd management technique that consists of herding people into a compact group. AKA corralling
n.
a group of people who decide to meet and make purchases at a local business. The aim is both to support it and to meet up with the community.
Inspired by the phenomenon of flash mobs, which refers to groups of people mobilized by social media to perform entertaining or unusual acts in public, such as choreographies
exp.
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
vi.
When a large group of competing corporations hope to use the government to protect or enhance their interests.
Economic Term.
n.
(#BD) In humanocracy, a revocable delegate member of a group of 25 delegators, chosen and controlled by them. 25 basis delegates can choose a council delegate.
Anarchists in Spain have chosen basis delegates in 1936. Similar delegates have been chosen during many struggles of the people : shop stewards in UK, revocable delegates in Italy during the 70th.
n.
(#CD) In humanocracy, a revocable delegate member of a group of 25 basis delegates, chosen and controlled by them. 25 council delegates can choose a deputy-delegate.
n.
Materialistic concept neonewtonist. In its measures, this variation of length of traveled route (by unit of time) by a group of photons ( φ is the initial of photons) - the light signal - is equal to what is collectively called " radial velocity". It distinguishes itself from it in its gnoseology.
Phys. Concept before 2007 The redshift indicates the phi-speed of a star. But do not give the immediate knowledge of its absolute speed.
n.
set of words and word groups together with their definition, translation, grammar category or usage examples, and which can be searched through an index or a search engine
n.
government by revocable delegates chosen and controlled by groups of 25 delegators. Revocable delegates designated the higher levels : basis delegate, council delegate, deputy-delegate, national delegate, international delegate, and world delegate.

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