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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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  • That's their way of showing their contempt for conventionality.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • So, Jennie, we must pay some respect to conventionality, and we will take the carriage.

  • And Miss Abbott—she, too, was beautiful in her way, for all her gaucheness and conventionality.

  • It takes its root in conventionality, the curse of all individuality and progress.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • Our submergence in a sea of conventionality of almost impenetrable density.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • "I—I must wish you joy," said Neeld, taking refuge in conventionality.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • conventionality is often denounced as untrue and hypocritical.


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

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • But the whole thing's nonsense, and conventionality, and popular thick-headedness.

    Dream Days Kenneth Grahame
  • But it is a conventionality of fact so to speak, and not of right.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
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
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