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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Formalism  \Form"al*ism\,  n. 
  The  practice  or  the  doctrine  of  strict  adherence  to  or 
  dependence  on  external  forms,  esp.  in  matters  of  religion. 
 
  Official  formalism.  --Sir  H. 
  Rawlinson 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  formalism 
  n  1:  the  doctrine  that  formal  structure  rather  than  content  is 
  what  should  be  represented  [ant:  {imitation}] 
  2:  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 
  3:  the  practice  of  scrupulous  adherence  to  prescribed  or 
  external  forms 




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