formal

  

Definition

In conformance with generally accepted standards; the opposite of casual.

Generally accepted formal standards usually denote professionalism, whereas the absence or lack of standards would be seen as casual. For example, a business jacket, tie, button-up shirt, slacks, dark-colored socks, business shoes, and a neat and clean appearance is considered formal attire for men. Similarly, a formal letter would have many different characteristics than a casual email, such as a standard header, salutation, closing, and formatting.

Use formal in a sentence

  • Despite his lack of formal training and education in accounting concepts, the recently hired employee was able to manage the company's finances and balance its budget.

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