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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
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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.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester
  • 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

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

    In the Wilderness Charles Dudley Warner
  • It is a 'conventionalized' creation, as we say of ornamentation.

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
  • Rough, conventionalized representations of palm trees are also common.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • There is no motive that cannot be conventionalized into a pattern by repetition.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • Old English poetry is conventionalized to a remarkable degree.

  • If she would become worldly, artificial, and conventionalized.

    The Golden Road

    Frank Waller Allen
British Dictionary definitions for conventionalized


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