- conforming or adhering to accepted standards, as of conduct or taste: conventional behavior.
- pertaining to convention or general agreement; established by general consent or accepted usage; arbitrarily determined: conventional symbols.
- ordinary rather than different or original: conventional phraseology.
- not using, making, or involving nuclear weapons or energy; nonnuclear: conventional warfare.
- in accordance with an accepted manner, model, or tradition.
- (of figurative art) represented in a generalized or simplified manner.
- of or relating to a convention, agreement, or compact.
- Law. resting on consent, express or implied.
- of or relating to a convention or assembly.
Origin of conventional
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Examples from the Web for conventional
Many Jewish women have been accepted as conventional, mainstream hot.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
The end of conventional childbirth might only be a matter of time.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
They double down on the plot device of a lone visionary opposed by conventional hierarchies.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
Enter the iSpoon, a conventional stirrer on one end and a tablet stylus on the other.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Conventional wisdom holds that most excessive drinkers are alcohol dependent.Americans Drink Too Much, But We’re Not All Alcoholics
November 25, 2014
She smiled rather painfully, with an obvious effort to be conventional.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"But you know language is conventional, especially in gallantry," said Russell.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Verily there are strange contradictions in our conventional morality.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The soul has its conventional pose when the eyes of the street are upon it.The Hunted Outlaw
He liked their rounded sentences, and caught their conventional phrases.The Letters of Robert Burns
- following the accepted customs and proprieties, esp in a way that lacks originalityconventional habits
- established by accepted usage or general agreement
- of or relating to a convention or assembly
- law based upon the agreement or consent of parties
- arts represented in a simplified or generalized way; conventionalized
- (of weapons, warfare, etc) not nuclear
- bridge another word for convention (def. 7)
Word Origin and History for conventional
late 15c., "of the nature of an agreement," from Late Latin conventionalis "pertaining to convention or agreement," from Latin conventionem (see convention). Meaning "of the nature of a convention" is from 1812, now rare; "established by social convention" is from 1761; that of "following tradition" is from 1831; that of "non-nuclear" is from 1955. Realted: Conventionality; conventionally.