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Synonyms of formal in English:


  • 1 a formal dinner
    ceremonial, ceremonious, ritualistic, ritual, conventional, traditional;
    stately, courtly, solemn, dignified;
    elaborate, ornate, dressy;
    [Antonyms] informal
  • 2 a very formal manner
    aloof, reserved, remote, detached, unapproachable;
    stiff, prim, stuffy, staid, ceremonious, correct, proper, decorous, conventional, precise, exact, punctilious, unbending, inflexible, strait-laced
    informal buttoned-down, standoffish
    [Antonyms] informal, casual
  • 3 a formal garden
    symmetrical, regular, orderly, arranged, methodical, systematic
    [Antonyms] informal
  • 4 formal permission
    official, legal, authorized, approved, validated, certified, endorsed, documented, sanctioned, licensed, recognized, authoritative
    [Antonyms] informal, unofficial
  • 5 formal education
    conventional, mainstream;
    school, institutional
    [Antonyms] informal
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