Definition for FORM'AL-LY

FORM'AL-LY, adv.

  1. According to established form; rule, order, rite or ceremony. A treaty was concluded and formally ratified by both parties.
  2. Ceremoniously; stiffly; precisely; as, to be stiff and formally reserved.
  3. In open appearance; in a visible and apparent state. You and your followers do stand formally divided against the authorized guides of the church, and the rest of the people. Hooker.
  4. Essentially; characteristically. That which formally makes this [charity] a Christian grace, is the spring from which it flows. Smalridge.

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