[ US /ˈfɔɹməˌɫɪzəm/ ]
  1. (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
  2. the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
  3. the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented
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How To Use formalism In A Sentence

  • The writings of the century are here arranged in three main divisions: the reign of formalism (miscalled classicism), the revival of romantic poetry, and the development of the modern novel. Outlines of English and American Literature : an Introduction to the Chief Writers of England and America, to the Books They Wrote, and to the Times in Which They Lived
  • Any attempt to disprove the theory of evolution using thermodynamics will require proper formalisms.
  • Financial services in Bulgaria are still branded by formalism, bureaucracy and lack of interest, analysts said.
  • Despite the substantial contributions he had made to topology by this time, Brouwer chose to give his inaugural professorial lecture on intuitionism and formalism.
  • Though the Hives open themselves up to style-over-substance gripes, there is real feeling amidst their artifice and formalism.
  • A synergy between the development of theoretical formalisms, modeling and experimental work is fundamental to addressing the nanoelectronic challenges.
  • Geczy's basic argument is that craft without an idea is simple formalism, a naïve tendency that can lead to all sorts of dark consequences.
  • But at least it's better than formalism, logicism, intuitionism, constructivism or Platonism.
  • Artists guilty or suspected of formalism were persecuted and encouraged to make public recantations for their offences.
  • Judd's thesis augured the inevitable evolution of Modern art into pure formalism and object-ness.
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