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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Formalism \Form"al*ism\ (f[^o]rm"al*[i^]z'm), n.
The practice or the doctrine of strict adherence to, or
dependence on, external forms, esp. in matters of religion.
Official formalism. --Sir H.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is
what should be represented [ant: imitation]
2: (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
3: the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or
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