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conversational

[kon-ver-sey-shuh-nl] /ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of conversation:
a conversational tone of voice.
2.
able or ready to converse; given to conversation.
Origin of conversational
1770-1780
First recorded in 1770-80; conversation + -al1
Related forms
conversationally, adverb
nonconversational, adjective
nonconversationally, adverb
preconversational, adjective
unconversational, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See colloquial.
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Examples from the Web for conversational
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  • It had a conversational way of brightening and growing dull.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • "Let down the ladder," said Foulet, in a quiet, conversational tone.

  • I fear that trying to be conversational I have only managed to be unduly discursive.

    Notes on My Books Joseph Conrad
  • Such voices as broke into them were anything but conversational.

    Notes on My Books Joseph Conrad
  • Olive, thinking to do well, flung herself into the conversational breach.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
British Dictionary definitions for conversational

conversational

/ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃənəl/
adjective
1.
of, using, or in the manner of conversation
2.
inclined to or skilled in conversation; conversable
Derived Forms
conversationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conversational
adj.

1779, from conversation + -al (1).

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