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formality

noun [U] (SERIOUSNESS)    /fɔːˈmæl.ə.ti/ US  /-t̬i/
the quality of being suitable for serious or official occasions: She found the formality of the occasion rather daunting. A note of formality in his voice alerted her to the fact that others were listening.Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful
(Definition of formality noun (SERIOUSNESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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