conformity[kən fôr′mə tē]
- The definition of conformity is similarity or harmony, or the following of rules and social norms.
- A school's policy of having all students wear the same uniform is an example of conformity.
- Dressing formally to go to your job at the bank is an example of conformity.
- the condition or fact of being in harmony or agreement; correspondence; congruity; similarity
- action in accordance with customs, rules, prevailing opinion, etc.; conventional behavior
- Eng. History adherence to the practices of the Anglican Church
Origin of conformityMiddle English conformite ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin an unverified form conformitas ; from Classical Latin conformare: see conform
- Similarity in form or character; agreement: I acted in conformity with my principles.
- Action or behavior in correspondence with socially accepted standards, conventions, rules, or laws: conformity to university regulations.
- Geology a. The relationship between rock or sediment strata that were deposited adjacently or vertically in sequence without any interruption due to erosion, tilting, folding, or similar natural processes.b. A surface exhibiting such a relationship between older rock strata and younger rock strata.
(countable and uncountable, plural conformities)
- State of things being similar or identical.
- A point of resemblance; a similarity.
- State of being conforming, of complying with a set of rules, with a norm or standard.
- The ideology of adhering to one standard or social uniformity.
- How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself. - Kenneth Tynan
- Sometimes used interchangeably with conformation.
From Middle French conformité