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[kon-ver-sey-shuh-nl] /ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃə nl/
of, relating to, or characteristic of conversation:
a conversational tone of voice.
able or ready to converse; given to conversation.
Origin of conversational
First recorded in 1770-80; conversation + -al1
Related forms
conversationally, adverb
nonconversational, adjective
nonconversationally, adverb
preconversational, adjective
unconversational, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See colloquial. Unabridged
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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


of, using, or in the manner of conversation
inclined to or skilled in conversation; conversable
Derived Forms
conversationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conversational

1779, from conversation + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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