Form·al·ly, adv. In a formal manner; essentially; characteristically; expressly; regularly; ceremoniously; precisely.
That which formally makes this [charity] a Christian grace, is the spring from which it flows. --Smalridge.
You and your followers do stand formally divided against the authorized guides of the church and rest of the people. --Hooker.
adv 1: with official authorization; "the club will be formally
recognized" [syn: officially]
2: in a formal manner; "he was dressed rather formally" [syn: with
formality] [ant: informally]