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[kon-vuh-nahns; French kawnvuh-nahns]
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noun, plural con·ve·nanc·es [kon-vuh-nahn-siz; French kawnvuh-nahns] /ˈkɒn vəˌnɑn sɪz; French kɔ̃vəˈnɑ̃s/.
  1. suitability; expediency; propriety.
  2. convenances, the social proprieties or conventionalities.

Origin of convenance

1475–85; < Anglo-French, equivalent to conven(ir) to be proper + -ance -ance
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Historical Examples

  • We make marriages of convenance in our country, que diable, and what follows follows; but no scandal afterwards!

    The Newcomes

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for convenance


  1. suitable behaviour; propriety

Word Origin

from convenir to be suitable, from Latin convenīre; see convenient
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Word Origin and History for convenance


late 15c., from French convenance "convention, agreement, convenience," from convenant, present participle of convenir "to come together" (see convene).

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