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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 ?
I come now to the purely formal definition of the truth or falsehood of a belief.
Death is a dignitary who when he comes announced is to be received with formal manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him.
In the foreground were box-bordered walks, smooth, sleek lawns, and formal beds of gorgeous flowering plants, while here and there marble statues of wood nymph and satyr gleamed, sparkling in the brilliant sunlight, or, half shaded by an overhanging bush, took on a semblance of life from the riotous play of light and shadow as the leaves above them moved to and fro in the faint breeze.
Germaine suddenly varied his formal inquiry in receiving the new guest.
The dinner, the wine, the decoration of the table were all very good; but it was all like what Darya Alexandrovna had seen at formal dinners and balls which of late years had become quite unfamiliar to her; it all had the same impersonal and constrained character, and so on an ordinary day and in a little circle of friends it made a disagreeable impression on her.
Having, as it were, taken formal possession of his clerkship in virtue of these proceedings, he opened the window and leaned negligently out of it until a beer-boy happened to pass, whom he commanded to set down his tray and to serve him with a pint of mild porter, which he drank upon the spot and promptly paid for, with the view of breaking ground for a system of future credit and opening a correspondence tending thereto, without loss of time.
So in the same way Moscow was empty when Napoleon, weary, uneasy, and morose, paced up and down in front of the Kammer-Kollezski rampart, awaiting what to his mind was a necessary, if but formal, observance of the proprieties- a deputation.
Some days later, the insurance offices (two in number) received the formal announcement of Lord Montbarry's death, from her ladyship's London solicitors.
Perhaps the easiest way to make clear the sources of Chaucer's power will be by means of a rather formal summary.
Lady Lundie looked from one to the other with unconcealed impatience as these formal courtesies were exchanged between the lawyers.