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see synonyms of formalism


1. formalism

the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented

2. formalism

(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. formalism

the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms

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see synonyms of formalism
scrupulous or excessive adherence to outward form at the expense of inner reality or content
the mathematical or logical structure of a scientific argument as distinguished from its subject matter
the notation, and its structure, in which information is expressed
3. theatre
a stylized mode of production
(in Marxist criticism) excessive concern with artistic technique at the expense of social values, etc
the philosophical theory that a mathematical statement has no meaning but that its symbols, regarded as physical objects, exhibit a structure that has useful applications
Compare logicism, intuitionism

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see synonyms of formalism
strict or excessive attention to or insistence on outward forms, as in art, or established traditions, as in religion
an instance of this

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see synonyms of formalism
1. Rigorous or excessive adherence to recognized forms, as in religion or art.
2. An instance of rigorous or excessive adherence to recognized forms.
3. A method of aesthetic analysis that emphasizes structural elements and artistic techniques rather than content, especially in literary works.

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