Formalities are mentioned for a certain types of actions. On the other hand, the term is used to refer to the property ( the character) from certain - used abstract objects ( phenomena ) - especially. Is expressed in all cases that the shape of the particular act or thing which matters ( which, however, may be the subject of critical evaluation by each person speaking well and often is ).

1 formality in the first sense in turn contains two aspects of meaning:

A) Firstly, an action is referred to as a formality, which meets one ( official ) rule and proving the legal validity of an action based on an externally visible frame ( for example, written documentation that corresponds to that required by the rule form).

B ) Furthermore, it is of formality ( or in this case also common: [ mere ] formality ) talked to denote an action that a (not necessarily: equivalent official ) commercial regulation and thus an outer glow respects without necessarily a belief or internal involvement of the persons behind it or the spirit ( the intended targets ) are respected the rule action. A formal ( or formal ) action requires that a general rule of action is followed, during an informal course of action must have no predetermined shape.

Both meanings so write in the imagery of exterior and interior, surface and core, appearance and essence, where especially in the second case, yet the imagery unimportant of superficial = and essence added occurs = important and supports the often derogatory speech (mere ) formalities.

2 Of the talk of the formality ( in about: Formhaftigkeit ) is to distinguish certain objects. This use way implies that it is the specific form (or at all to have a specific form ) constitutes the character of the object in question (eg, the formality of the law, especially the law, in contrast to the informality of ethics and morality ). Also, this manner of use may be associated with the pejorative rating course again that it is precisely the lack of the object in question making up that it is characterized by its shape and not by its content.