1. [ noun ] (philosophy) the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented
Related terms: imitation doctrine
2. [ noun ] (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
Related terms: philosophical_doctrine philosophy
3. [ noun ] the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
Related terms: practice
Similar spelling:   formal