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conventional

[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl]
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adjective
  1. conforming or adhering to accepted standards, as of conduct or taste: conventional behavior.
  2. pertaining to convention or general agreement; established by general consent or accepted usage; arbitrarily determined: conventional symbols.
  3. ordinary rather than different or original: conventional phraseology.
  4. not using, making, or involving nuclear weapons or energy; nonnuclear: conventional warfare.
  5. Art.
    1. in accordance with an accepted manner, model, or tradition.
    2. (of figurative art) represented in a generalized or simplified manner.
  6. of or relating to a convention, agreement, or compact.
  7. Law. resting on consent, express or implied.
  8. of or relating to a convention or assembly.

Origin of conventional

From the Late Latin word conventiōnālis, dating back to 1575–85. See convention, -al1
Related formscon·ven·tion·al·ist, nouncon·ven·tion·al·ly, adverban·ti·con·ven·tion·al, adjectivean·ti·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverban·ti·con·ven·tion·al·ist, noun, adjectivenon·con·ven·tion·al, adjectivenon·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverbqua·si-con·ven·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverbsem·i·con·ven·tion·al, adjectivesem·i·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverb

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1. See formal1. 2. usual, habitual, customary.
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  • Anita said conventionally, “It has been pleasant to talk with you, Mr. Haljan.”

  • I don't ask to be conventionally happy, but I want you always.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes

  • I am a gregarious person but not a conventionally social one.

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant

  • But no, she phrases it conventionally: "Will you come and receive with me?"

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

  • You dont mean that its the conventionally honourable thing to do?

    Adrienne Toner

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick


British Dictionary definitions for conventionally

conventional

adjective
  1. following the accepted customs and proprieties, esp in a way that lacks originalityconventional habits
  2. established by accepted usage or general agreement
  3. of or relating to a convention or assembly
  4. law based upon the agreement or consent of parties
  5. arts represented in a simplified or generalized way; conventionalized
  6. (of weapons, warfare, etc) not nuclear
noun
  1. bridge another word for convention (def. 7)
Derived Formsconventionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conventionally

conventional

adj.

late 15c., "of the nature of an agreement," from Late Latin conventionalis "pertaining to convention or agreement," from Latin conventionem (see convention). Meaning "of the nature of a convention" is from 1812, now rare; "established by social convention" is from 1761; that of "following tradition" is from 1831; that of "non-nuclear" is from 1955. Realted: Conventionality; conventionally.

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