formalization formalization  /ˈfɔr mə lə zeɪ ʃən/


  • (n) the act of making formal (as by stating formal rules governing classes of expressions)


  1. The bill, submitted in October and currently in committee, would facilitate the formalization of recycler associations by granting them government recognition.
  2. The upshot of all this is that the cherished goal of formalization is revealed as chimerical.
  3. No amount of formalization can overcome asininity.



  1. "The formalization of an influenza pandemic does have cascading consequences," said Michael Leavitt, former US health and human services secretary.
    on Jun 2, 2009 By: Mike Leavitt Source: Bloomberg

  2. Starr said of that contention, "to embrace what truly would be a revolution it is utterly without formalization in the courts jurisprudence."
    on Mar 5, 2009 By: Kenneth Starr Source: Christian News Wire (press release)

  3. Godel's theorem of incompleteness profoundly shook the world of pure mathematicians when he demonstrated the ingenious proof, Dyson writes, "that in any formalization of mathematics including the rules of ordinary arithmetic there are meaningful...
    on Dec 27, 2008 By: Freeman Dyson Source: Winnipeg Sun

Word of the Day
pacify pacify
/ˈpæ sə ˌfaɪ /