n the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented
n (philosophy) the philosophical theory that formal (logical or mathematical) statements have no meaning but that its symbols (regarded as physical entities) exhibit a form that has useful applications
n the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
China's Xi in 'thorough clean-up' of party: media Beijing (AFP) June 18, 2013 President Xi Jinping is to launch a "thorough clean-up" of the ruling Communist Party, state media reported Tuesday, the latest strongly-worded anti-corruption drive to be enacted by China's new leader. The "upcoming year-long campaign" will target what the Xinhua news agency described as "undesirable work styles such as formalism, bureaucratism, laxity and ...
June 19, 2013 - Space War
Gerardo Sandoval in Fog City Journal I know that in my heart that if this commentary was directed at the Chinese-American community or the Asian community, you would not be resorting to this empty and rigid formalism on your part,Sandoval said.