Rigid adherence to formal laws, forms, and procedures.
The rigid, perfunctory and literal adherence to formal obligations and regulations
The state of being official; a system of formal government; additionally, adherence to office routine; red-tapism.
formal place; office-holding; general public company.
An official system.
That view of official position which regards office, plus the mere discharge of formal duty, without reference to public or any other interests, as all-important; excessive focus on official program and office detail; formal strictness or tightness; “red-tapeism.”