Etymology
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formal (adj.)
late 14c., "pertaining to form or arrangement;" also, in philosophy and theology, "pertaining to the form or essence of a thing," from Old French formal, formel "formal, constituent" (13c.) and directly from Latin formalis, from forma "a form, figure, shape" (see form (n.)). From early 15c. as "in due or proper form, according to recognized form," As a noun, c. 1600 (plural) "things that are formal;" as a short way to say formal dance, recorded by 1906 among U.S. college students.
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organization (n.)

early 15c., organisacioun, "structure of the body or its parts;" mid-15c., "act or process of organizing, the arranging of parts in an organic whole" from Medieval Latin organizationem (nominative organizatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of organizare, from Latin organum "instrument, organ" (see organ).

Sense of "that which is organized" is by 1707; especially "an organized body of persons" (1829). Meaning "system, establishment, constitution" is from 1873. Disparaging organization man, one who conforms his individuality to the organization he serves, is from the title of the 1956 book by American sociologist William H. Whyte (1917-1999). Related: Organizational.

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Irgun 
militant Zionist organization, 1946, from Modern Hebrew, literally "organization," in full Irgun Zvai Leumi "national military organization."
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SEATO 
1954, acronym for Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.
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non-profit (adj.)

also nonprofit, of organization or institutions, "dedicated to a particular social cause or interest and using surplus revenue to further that purpose," 1922, from non- + profit (n.). As a noun, "a non-profit organization," by 1953.

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OPEC 
initialism (acronym) for Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries, founded 1960.
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formalize (v.)
1590s, "give an appearance of being to," from formal + -ize. Meaning reduce to form" is from 1640s; sense of "render formal" is from 1855. Related: Formalized; formalizing.
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VFW (n.)
1916, abbreviation of Veterans of Foreign Wars, U.S. organization with roots to 1899.
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PLO 
initialism (acronym) of Palestinian Liberation Organization, by 1965.
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organisation (n.)
chiefly British English spelling of organization. For spelling, see -ize. Related: Organisational.
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