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Adjective formal has 6 senses
  1. formal - 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"
    informal, everyday, free-and-easy, casual, folksy, unceremonious, unceremonial
  2. formal - characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet"
    unofficial (indirect, via official)
  3. formal - (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"
    informal, colloquial, conversational, common, vernacular, vulgar, epistolary, epistolatory, slangy, subliterary, unliterary, nonliterary
  4. conventional, formal, schematic - represented in simplified or symbolic form
    Antonym: representational (indirect, via nonrepresentational)
  5. formal - logically deductive; "formal proof"
    illogical, unlogical (indirect, via logical)
  6. courtly, elegant, formal, stately - refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"
    Antonym: undignified (indirect, via dignified)
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