Synonyms of formalism


1. formalism, doctrine, philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ism

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

2. formalism, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory

usage: (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, practice, pattern

usage: the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms

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Definition and meaning of formalism (Dictionary)