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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)].
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This invitation to drink, couched, as it was, in such informal terms, came very strangely from Nastasia Philipovna.
The Grubb business was in difficulties, and Grubb in a moment of financial eloquence had given a half-share in it to Bert, whose relations with his employer had been for some time unsalaried and pallish and informal.
Watkins, and hustled off to a small informal reception, arranged in honour of the visitor by the people of his race.
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.
Something of their old comradeship had returned during the informal mirth of the evening.
Afterwards the whole party adjourned to the theatre, altogether in an informal manner.
Fanny never failed to ask her to every sort of festivity in the Shaw mansion; but after a few trials, Polly firmly declined everything but informal visits when the family were alone.
In the second place, we are all equally desirous--whatever difference of opinion may otherwise exist--to make this informal inquiry a means, if possible, of avoiding the painful publicity which would result from an appeal to a Court of Law.
It's time your invitations were sent, even if they are to be only informal ones.
The only one of his books still commonly read is the series of 'Essays,' which consist of brief and comparatively informal jottings on various subjects.
The dinner-party was really an informal discussion club; there was a paper after it, read amid coffee-cups and laughter in the drawing-room, but dealing more or less thoughtfully with some topic of general interest.
Afterwards in the library there was a sort of informal meeting, and their opportunity came.