Definitions for: Formalism


[n] the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
[n] the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented
[n] 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



Webster (1913) Definition: Form"al*ism, n.
The practice or the doctrine of strict adherence to, or
dependence on, external forms, esp. in matters of religion.

Official formalism. --Sir H.
Rawlinson.

Antonyms: imitation

See Also: doctrine, ism, pattern, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory, philosophy, practice, school of thought

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