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Synonyms of 'formal'

(adjective) 
He wrote a very formal letter of apology.
Synonyms
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stiff
They always seemed a little awkward with each other, a bit stiff and formal.
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aloof
He seemed aloof and detached.
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reserved
He was unemotional and reserved.
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remote
She looked so remote.
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precise
They speak very precise English.
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starched
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prim
We tend to imagine that the Victorians were very prim and proper.
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punctilious (formal)
He was punctilious about being ready exactly on time.
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Opposites
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laid-back (informal)
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unceremonious
(adjective) 
Definition
of or following established conventions
No formal announcement has been made.
Synonyms
official
An official announcement is expected later today.
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authorized
The application will be processed by one of our authorized agents.
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set
A set period of fasting is supposed to bring us closer to godliness.
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legal
What I did was perfectly legal.
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fixed
The locking frame can secure bikes to any fixed object.
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approved
The approved method of cleaning is industrial sand-blasting.
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endorsed
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prescribed
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rigid
Hospital routines for nurses are very rigid.
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certified
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lawful
lawful for the doctors to treat her in whatever way they considered best
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pro forma (Latin)
(adjective) 
Definition
characterized by conventional forms of ceremony and behaviour
They arranged a formal dinner after the play.
Synonyms
ceremonial
He represented the nation on ceremonial occasions.
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solemn
This is a solemn occasion.
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ritualistic
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dressy
I go to work in quite dressy clothes
(adjective) 
Definition
(of education and training) given officially at a school, college, etc.
an elevated and formal style
Synonyms
learned
He is a serious scholar, a genuine learned man.
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intellectual
They were very intellectual and witty.
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literary
a literary masterpiece
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scholarly
He was an intellectual, scholarly man.
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highbrow
He presents his own highbrow literary programme.
(adjective) 
Definition
characterized by conventional forms of ceremony and behaviour
He didn't have any formal dance training.
Synonyms
conventional
conventional views
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established
Their religious adherence is not to the established church.
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traditional
Traditional teaching methods can put students off learning.
(adjective) 
Definition
symmetrical in form
a formal herb garden
Synonyms
arranged
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regular
The regular method is to take your cutting, and insert it into the compost.
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symmetrical
the neat rows of perfectly symmetrical windows

Additional synonyms

in the sense of aloof
Definition
distant or haughty in manner
He seemed aloof and detached.
in the sense of approved
The approved method of cleaning is industrial sand-blasting.
in the sense of authorized
The application will be processed by one of our authorized agents.
Synonyms
commissioned,
ratified,
signed and sealed

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