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formal

1. acquired by study in academic institutions
2. logically deductive
3. Philosophy
a. of or relating to form as opposed to matter or content
b. pertaining to the essence or nature of something
c. (in the writings of Descartes) pertaining to the correspondence between an image or idea and its object
d. being in the formal mode
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FORMAL

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FORmula MAnipulation Language.

An early Fortran extension for symbolic mathematics.

["FORMAL, A Formula Manipulation Language", C.K. Mesztenyi, Computer Note CN-1, CS Dept, U Maryland (Jan 1971)].

FORMAL

(2)
A data manipulation language for nonprogrammers from IBM LASC.

["FORMAL: A Forms-Oriented and Visual-Directed Application System", N.C. Shu, IEEE Computer 18(8):38-49 (1985)].
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The purely formal definition of truth and falsehood offers little difficulty.
The same proposition, if it were false, would have a less simple formal relation to its objective.
In spite of these complications, the general nature of the formal correspondence which makes truth is clear from our instances.
I do not believe that the above formal theory is untrue, but I do believe that it is inadequate.
Religion, we should add, was for him, as for so many men of the world, a somewhat secondary and formal thing.
Even in his art Chaucer's lack of the highest will-power produced one rather conspicuous formal weakness; of his numerous long poems he really finished scarcely one.
It was more immediately important to lead him into doing this than to insist on rights and privileges of the purely formal sort.
The formal objections of the lawyers were registered once more.
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Governors at Ysgol Gymuned Moelfre and Ysgol Goronwy Owen in Benllech had requested that council officers set up the formal process which will see both schools share a single governing body.
According to the survey the main reasons of not receiving formal education or currently not being enrolled were lack of financial means, domestic responsibility, lack of permission from family, husband or in-laws, distance from educational institute, and marriage.

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