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[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl-ahyz] /kənˈvɛn ʃə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), conventionalized, conventionalizing.
to make conventional.
Art. to represent in a conventional manner.
Also, especially British, conventionalise.
Origin of conventionalize
First recorded in 1850-55; conventional + -ize
Related forms
conventionalization, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All the arts are a conventionalization, an ordering of nature.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
  • conventionalization also reduces suggestion, perhaps to zero.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The explanation lies in conventionalization within 552the mores for an occasion or under a conjuncture of circumstances.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Primary definition of marriage; taboos and conventionalization.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Dress used in bathing, sport, the drama, or work is protected by conventionalization.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The conventionalization in favor of what is amusing must always be recognized.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The weapon seemed to be a conventionalization of the octopus.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • The great means of preserving them is by conventionalization.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Fig. 56 was identified as a crocodile but was not regarded as a step in the conventionalization shown.

  • The pattern G is given as the next step in the conventionalization.

British Dictionary definitions for conventionalization


verb (transitive)
to make conventional
to simplify or stylize (a design, decorative device, etc)
Derived Forms
conventionalization, conventionalisation, noun
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