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formal (the meaning is not always certain)
1. having regard to due form or propriety, ceremonious, precise Shr. III. i. 62 “Are you so ?,” IV. ii. 64 “ in apparel,” Ham. IV. v. 215 “ ostentation.”
2. extremely regular or accurate, stiff, rigid AYL. II. vii. 155 “beard of cut” *, Compl. 29 “[hair] tied in formal plat.”
3. (?) conventional R3 III. i. 82 “the Vice, Iniquity” *.
4. dignified 2H4 V. ii. 133 “in majesty,” Cæs. II. i. 227 “ constancy” (=dignified self-possession).
5. normal or ordinary in intellect, sane Err. V. i. 105 “a man,” Tw.N. II. v. 130 “any capacity” (=any one of a well-regulated mind), Ant. II. v. 41 “Not like a formal man.”
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    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 5.1
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