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formality

noun  /fɔrˈmæl·ɪ·t̬i/ us  
something done because it follows the usual or accepted way of doing things, although it may not be important: [C] There were only a few legal formalities to be finished, and he would be free to leave the country. [C] It was just a mere formality. Formality is also formal behavior or appearance.
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