Formally meaning

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Formally is defined as done in a socially-accepted and orderly way.

An example of formally is a man asking his girlfriend's father for permission to ask his daughter to marry him.

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With regard to form.
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In a formal manner.

He dressed quite formally - too formally for the occasion.

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In a formal manner.
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In accordance with official procedure.

He formally filed a complaint, which involved much paperwork.

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In accordance with rigorous rules.

He proved it formally but gave his students no intuitive feel for the matter.

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Origin of formally

  • formal +‎ -ly

    From Wiktionary