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formally Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb with official authorization
    • the club will be formally recognized
  2. adverb in a formal manner
    • he was dressed rather formally

Form"al*ly adverb
  1. In a formal manner; essentially; characteristically; expressly; regularly; ceremoniously; precisely.
    That which formally makes this [charity] a Christian grace, is the spring from which it flows. Smalridge.
    You and your followers do stand formally divided against the authorized guides of the church and rest of the people. Hooker.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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