Definitions: (1) being in accordance with the usual (social) requirements or customs; observant of conventional civil behavior or procedure; punctilious; (2) done or made in an orderly fashion; methodical; (3) having a regular arrangement or pattern; symmetrical

Synonyms: ceremonious, exact, precise

• Every company has two organizational structures: The formal one is written on the charts; the other is the everyday relationship of the men and women in the organization. — Harold Sydney Geneen (1910–1997) American businessman
• In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory. — Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947) English mathematician and philosopher