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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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Examples from the Web for conversational
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  • You know, you agree to give me instruction in conversational French.

  • Personal chat is the current coin of conversational capital.

    Conversation Mary Greer Conklin
  • This effectually startles the other two from their conversational reverie.

    Three Plays by Granville-Barker Harley Granville-Barker
  • He found it difficult to accommodate himself to a conversational Bela.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • There was music, some conversational plays where quick wit was necessary and in this Phillipa excelled.

    The Girls at Mount Morris Amanda Minnie Douglas
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).

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