- 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 conventionalist
He would have been a conventionalist and epicurean, unless he had been a seer.
You're only a conventionalist, like everybody else—you're not a moralist.Sally Bishop
E. Temple Thurston
Sometimes, they force the re-baptism of infants by the conventionalist cur, and shoot at the traditional father.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 3 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
It was evident John Grier's act was thought by the conventionalist to be a wicked blunder.Carnac's Folly, Complete
Romme (brother of the Conventionalist, principal author of the Calendar) laid the foundations of our very important science.The Sea
- 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 conventionalist
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.