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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 ?
We consent to be present at, what you call, 'this informal inquiry,' reserving our right to carry the matter beyond the four walls of this room.
You have yourself described the proceedings as representing an informal inquiry.
This invitation to drink, couched, as it was, in such informal terms, came very strangely from Nastasia Philipovna.
The people were scattered about in couples or parties of four, and either they were actually better acquainted, or the informal room made their manners easier.
It's time your invitations were sent, even if they are to be only informal ones.
Milton was never, however, a conventional prig, and a quarrel with a self-important tutor led at one time to his informal suspension from the University.
Down they went, feeling a trifle timid, for they seldom went to parties, and informal as this little gathering was, it was an event to them.
The first instance in which a taxpayer is notified of such findings is through the issuance of a Notice of Informal Conference.
Employers have warned informal employment - which accounts for 80 per cent of the total jobs in Africa - is worsening the poverty situation.
The time has come for Pakistan to address inequity and to tackle the informal economy, which is considered a barrier to inclusive growth as it excludes the majority of people from accessing opportunities of productive growth in the economic realm and deprives them of entitlements at work because of their informal status.
The present study highlights the employment status and work force in the formal and informal sector in the urban labor market.
The Department of Labor and Employment through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission-Workers in the Informal Sector Council (NAPC-WISC) commemorated the 6th nationwide Workers in the Informal Economy Labor Day on May 6 at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier in Davao City.