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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 for·mal·ism /ˈfɔrməˌlɪzəm/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Form·al·ism n. The practice or the doctrine of strict adherence to, or dependence on, external forms, esp. in matters of religion.
    Official formalism.   --Sir H. Rawlinson.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is
           what should be represented [ant: imitation]
      2: (philosophy) the philosophical theory that formal (logical
         or mathematical) statements have no meaning but that its
         symbols (regarded as physical entities) exhibit a form
         that has useful applications
      3: the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or
         external forms