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

  • He was friendly, says one Israeli officer who sat through dozens of meetings with him, but he was also "formalistic and strict.
  • The next problem is the SECs formalistic approach to regulation.
  • The names are foreign, the social milieu formalistic and remote.

  • James Connaughton in Reuters
    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...
  • Edward Walker in San Francisco Chronicle
    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...
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in AFP
    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... Tom Wright The Australian Nov 19, 2009 39212 50490 formalities 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."

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