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conventionalize

[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl-ahyz] /kənˈvɛn ʃə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), conventionalized, conventionalizing.
1.
to make conventional.
2.
Art. to represent in a conventional manner.
Also, especially British, conventionalise.
Origin of conventionalize
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; conventional + -ize
Related forms
conventionalization, noun
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Examples from the Web for conventionalization
Historical Examples
  • The weapon seemed to be a conventionalization of the octopus.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • In the mythologies this kind of conventionalization was essential.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • conventionalization also reduces suggestion, perhaps to zero.

    Folkways

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

    Folkways

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

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • The great means of preserving them is by conventionalization.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • All the arts are a conventionalization, an ordering of nature.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
  • The pattern G is given as the next step in the conventionalization.

  • These show the steps in the conventionalization of the human figure, as explained by the weavers.

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

British Dictionary definitions for conventionalization

conventionalize

/kənˈvɛnʃənəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make conventional
2.
to simplify or stylize (a design, decorative device, etc)
Derived Forms
conventionalization, conventionalisation, noun
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