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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wel fawrm]
    • /wɛl fɔrm/
    • /wel fɔːm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wel fawrm]
    • /wɛl fɔrm/

Definitions of well-formed word

  • adjective well-formed rightly or pleasingly formed: a well-formed contour. 1
  • adjective well-formed Linguistics. (of an utterance) conforming to the rules of a language; grammatical (opposed to ill-formed). 1
  • adjective well-formed (of a formula, expression, etc) constructed in accordance with the syntactic rules of a particular system; grammatically correct 0
  • adjective well-formed (linguistics, computing) Correctly written; syntactically correct; expressed in a way that obeys rules for constructing formulas in a certain language. 0

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Origin of well-formed

First appearance:

before 1510
One of the 26% oldest English words
First recorded in 1510-20

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Parts of speech for Well-formed


well-formed popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 29% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data about 73% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for well-formed

adj well-formed

adjective well-formed

  • grammatical — of or relating to grammar: grammatical analysis.

Antonyms for well-formed

adj well-formed

  • ill-formed — badly formed.
  • imprecise — not precise; not exact; vague or ill-defined.
  • in-correct — not correct as to fact; inaccurate; wrong: an incorrect statement.

adjective well-formed

  • disfigured — Simple past tense and past participle of disfigure.
  • disproportioned — lack of proportion; lack of proper relationship in size, number, etc.: architectural disproportions.
  • nonstandard — not standard.

Top questions with well-formed

  • what is well-formed xml?
  • what is a well-formed xml document?

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