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Etymology edit

formal +‎ -ly

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formally (comparative more formally, superlative most formally)

  1. In a formal manner.
    He was dressed too formally for the occasion.
  2. In accordance with official procedure.
    He formally filed a complaint, which involved much paperwork.
  3. In accordance with rigorous rules.
    He proved it formally but gave his students no intuitive feel for the matter.

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