Formal, (adj.) relating to an established hierarchy, procedure or set of specific behaviors.
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... In mathematical logic, a formal calculation is a calculation which is systematic, but without a rigorous justification ... However, this interpretation of the term formal is not universally accepted, and some consider it to mean quite the opposite A completely rigorous ...
... important example is to consider the sequences to be terms of two strictly formal (not necessarily convergent) series usually, of real or complex numbers ... "Formal" means we are manipulating series in disregard of any questions of convergence ... See in particular formal power series ...
... Formal methods, mathematically-based techniques for the specification, development and verification of software and hardware systems Formal specification ...
... To fully understand informal learning it is useful to define the terms "formal" and "non-formal" education ... Merriam, Caffarella, and Baumgartner (2007), state "Formal education is highly institutionalized, bureaucratic, curriculum driven, and formally recognized with grades, diplomas, or certificates" (p ... Merriam and others (2007), also state "The term non-formal has been used most often to describe organized learning outside of the formal education system ...
... psychologist who made many contributions to the formal analysis of human cognition, working primarily within the frameworks of mathematical psychology, symbolic artificial intelligence, and parallel distributed ... He also admired formal linguistic approaches to cognition, and explored the possibility of formulating a formal grammar to capture the structure of ...
More definitions of "formal":
- (adj): Being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress).
Example: "Pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"
- (adj): Logically deductive.
Example: "Formal proof"
- (adj): Characteristic of or befitting a person in authority.
Example: "Formal duties"; "an official banquet"
Famous quotes containing the word formal:
“On every formal visit a child ought to be of the party, by way of provision for discourse.”
—Jane Austen (17751817)
“The manifestation of poetry in external life is formal perfection. True sentiment grows within, and art must represent internal phenomena externally.”
—Franz Grillparzer (17911872)
“It is in the nature of allegory, as opposed to symbolism, to beg the question of absolute reality. The allegorist avails himself of a formal correspondence between ideas and things, both of which he assumes as given; he need not inquire whether either sphere is real or whether, in the final analysis, reality consists in their interaction.”
—Charles, Jr. Feidelson, U.S. educator, critic. Symbolism and American Literature, ch. 1, University of Chicago Press (1953)