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[kuh n-ven-shuh-nal-i-tee] /kənˌvɛn ʃəˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural conventionalities for 3, 4.
conventional quality or character.
adherence to convention.
a conventional practice, principle, form, etc.
conventionalities, conventional rules of behavior.
Origin of conventionality
First recorded in 1825-35; conventional + -ity
Related forms
semiconventionality, noun, plural semiconventionalities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • More regard was paid to form, and the license which had been accorded to earlier masters was sacrificed to conventionality.

  • They were free as air—untrammelled by any conventionality or artificial needs.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • But conventionality is inexorable; and the St. Denis's great recommendation was its conventionality.

    Balcony Stories Grace E. King
  • We bind him with cords of conventionality, and deliver him into the hands of the Philistines.

  • Try as we may to be true to ourselves, it is seldom possible; we are swept away in a current of conventionality.

    The Associate Hermits Frank R. Stockton
  • So, Jennie, we must pay some respect to conventionality, and we will take the carriage.

  • As to darknesses that have fallen upon vast areas, conventionality is—smoke from forest fires.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • It takes its root in conventionality, the curse of all individuality and progress.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • Tennyson became fully original, but he always admitted, and sometimes encouraged in himself, a certain vein of conventionality.

    The Poetry Of Robert Browning Stopford A. Brooke
  • If I am to be treated as a child, I must have a child's freedom from conventionality.'

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
British Dictionary definitions for conventionality


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or characteristic of being conventional, esp in behaviour, thinking, etc
(often pl) something conventional, esp a normal or accepted rule of behaviour; propriety
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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