1 the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented [ant: imitation]
2 (philosophy) 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
- In the context of "computing": One of several alternative computational paradigms for a given theory.
- In the context of "literature": An approach to interpretation and/or evaluation focused on the (usually linguistic) structure of a literary work rather than on the contexts of its origin or reception.
- In the context of "music": The tendency to elevate formal above expressive value in music, as in Serial music.
- Croatian: formalizam
- German: Formalismus
Formalism or formalization is the activity or its product which rigorously follows a set/system of rules previously defined and usually known.
formalism in Catalan: Formalisme
formalism in German: Formalismus
formalism in Spanish: Formalismo
formalism in Galician: Formalismo
formalism in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Formalismo (disambiguation)
formalism in Hebrew: פורמליזם
formalism in Dutch: Formalisme
formalism in Japanese: 形式主義
formalism in Polish: Formalizm
formalism in Portuguese: Formalismo
formalism in Russian: Формализм
formalism in Chinese: 形式主义