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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

FORMAL

(1)
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)].
References in classic literature ?
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.
On behalf of Tax Executives Institute (TEI), I am writing to urge the government to introduce a formal system to permit the sharing and utilization of tax losses and other tax attributes among groups of related corporations.
House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee to issue a formal request to the U.
The nearly 20,000 members of the Canadian Dental Assistants' Association (CDAA) are committed to professionalism and to promoting national occupational standards, formal training and continuing education for all dental assistants.
Swords and a handful of other educators teach code-switching, a technique grounded in the belief that children need to discover the differences between formal and informal language so they can choose the pattern that fits the situation.

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