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[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), con·ven·tion·al·ized, con·ven·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make conventional.
  2. Art. to represent in a conventional manner.
Also especially British, con·ven·tion·al·ise.

Origin of conventionalize

First recorded in 1850–55; conventional + -ize
Related formscon·ven·tion·al·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for conventionalized

Historical Examples

  • (c) Conventionalized lily—the prototype of the trident and the thunder-weapon.

    The Evolution of the Dragon

    G. Elliot Smith

  • The pointed oval, or vesica, is the conventionalized form of the fish.

  • Everywhere the conventionalized book-language is spoken by the few.

  • In using a flower, or other design, for a frieze or dado, they should be conventionalized.

    Social Life</p>

    Maud C. Cooke

  • It is a "conventionalized" creation, as we say of ornamentation.

    In the Wilderness

    Charles Dudley Warner

British Dictionary definitions for conventionalized



verb (tr)
  1. to make conventional
  2. to simplify or stylize (a design, decorative device, etc)
Derived Formsconventionalization or conventionalisation, noun
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