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Meaning of conventional by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /kənˈvɛnʃənl/, SAMPA: /k@n"vEnS@nl/


    conventional ( comparative more conventional, superlative most conventional )

    1. Pertaining to a convention, as in following generally accepted principles, methods and behaviour .
    2. ordinary, commonplace
    3. banal, trite, hackneyed, unoriginal or cliche



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Explanation of conventional by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. following accepted customs and proprieties

    2. conventional wisdom
      she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior
      conventional forms of address
    3. unimaginative and conformist

    4. conventional bourgeois lives
      conventional attitudes
    5. using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy

    6. conventional warfare
      conventional weapons
    7. in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past

    8. a conventional church wedding with the bride in traditional white
      the conventional handshake
    9. rigidly formal or bound by convention

    10. conforming with accepted standards

    11. a conventional view of the world
    12. represented in simplified or symbolic form

    Definition of conventional by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Conventional a. [L. conventionalis: cf. F. conventionnel.]
      1. Formed by agreement or compact; stipulated.

      Conventional services reserved by tenures upon grants, made out of the crown or knights' service. Sir M. Hale.

      2. Growing out of, or depending on, custom or tacit agreement; sanctioned by general concurrence or usage; formal. “Conventional decorum.” Whewell.

      The conventional language appropriated to monarchs. Motley.

      The ordinary salutations, and other points of social behavior, are conventional. Latham.

      3. ( Fine Arts ) Based upon tradition, whether religious and historical or of artistic rules. Abstracted; removed from close representation of nature by the deliberate selection of what is to be represented and what is to be rejected; as, “a conventional flower; a conventional shell.” Cf. Conventionalize, v. t.