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alakiság

főnév

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formality

noun

Definitions of formality

something that must be done because it is required by the law or by a process

There are certain formalities which must be observed including calling a general meeting.

something that must be done but that is not really very important

Before the bill passes to the House of Lords there is a third and final reading in the Commons, which is normally just a formality.