Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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Formality (Page: 587)
For*mal"i*ty (?), n.;
Such [books] as are mere pieces of formality, so that if you look on them, you look though them. Fuller.
Nor was his attendance on divine offices a matter of formality and custom, but of conscience. Atterbury.
He was installed with all the usual formalities. C. Middleton.
The doctors attending her in their formalities as far as Shotover. Fuller.
It unties the inward knot of marriage, . . . while it aims to keep fast the outward formality. Milton.
The material part of the evil came from our father upon us, but the formality of it, the sting and the curse, is only by ourselves. Jer. Taylor.The formality of the vow lies in the promise made to God. Bp. Stillingfleet.
(Scholastic. Philos.) The manner in which a thing is conceived or constituted by an act of human thinking; the result of such an act; as, animality and rationality are. formalities