formalistic formalistic


  • (adj) concerned with or characterized by rigorous adherence to recognized forms (especially in religion or art)



  1. The next problem is the SECs formalistic approach to regulation.
  2. The names are foreign, the social milieu formalistic and remote.
  3. We had as yet given no military aid, no intelligence support, and had only formalistic contacts with the new government.


  1. James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said last week's two-day Washington meeting of the 17 countries that emit the most greenhouse gases featured candid dialogue instead of "the formalistic presentations...
    on Oct 4, 2007 By: James Connaughton Source: Reuters

  2. "It will be a pretty formalistic, ritualistic session, in which people give a statement of their position and agree to continue the discussion," said Edward Walker, former assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. "The level of...
    on Mar 9, 2007 By: Edward Walker Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. "Matthew Lutton is quite a lyrical director, I'm very formalistic, and Andrew Upton is more improvisational. Similarly the two writers have different approaches. Katz is an intuitive and emotional writer, while Bell is analytical. Usually when you...
    on Nov 19, 2009 By: Tom Wright Source: The Australian

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