formalities formalities  /fɔr ˈmæ lə tiz/


  • (n) a requirement of etiquette or custom


  1. Other than such empty formalities, there has been an awkward silence from most Arab capitals.
  2. By that I mean that there's something slightly comic in the formalities of 18th century language on screen that encourages us to look down at the characters speaking it.
  3. After a six-week visit for the wedding, her husband returned to Toronto promising to complete the legal formalities for her to join him.


  1. Chelsea: Who Will Be Jose Mourinho's New Didier Drogba?

    Now that the formalities of contracts and press conferences are out of the way, Jose Mourinho can begin the real workings of his sort-of-new job. Whilst we are unlikely to hear him say “Mr Abramovich , members of the board, I need some money with a lot of zeros, I need to change half the team, move this one and buy this one,” any time soon, the Especially Happy One will want to make his mark on ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  2. O and Chinese big eye ‘casual’ summit

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Dispensing with diplomatic formalities, President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping planned a casual “shirtsleeves” summit at a sprawling California estate yesterday, aiming for closer personal ties and progress on high-stakes issues including cybersecurity and North Korea’s nuclear threats.Obama was to arrive late in the...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: New York Post

  3. Obama, Xi to dispense with formalities at summit

    Dispensing with diplomatic formalities, President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping planned a casual "shirt-sleeves" summit at a sprawling California estate Friday, aiming for closer ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News


  1. In his speech in Tehran, Khamenei said: "Today, top diplomats of several Western countries who talked to us so far within diplomatic formalities are showing their real face and most of all, the British government."
    on Jun 19, 2009 By: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Source: AFP

  2. "Our wedding day was everything we'd hope it would be," Bedingfield, 27, told Us magazine in a statement. "It was simple, beautiful and natural. Free from trappings or formalities, it was more about expressing our love for one another in...
    on Mar 22, 2009 By: Natasha Bedingfield Source: New Zealand Herald

  3. "We have to complete our legal formalities first and then we can examine Pakistan's request," External Affairs Minister SM Krishna told reporters in Thimpu.
    on Apr 26, 2010 By: SM Krishna Source: Hindustan Times

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /