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  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

First recorded in 1770–80; conversation + -al1
Related formscon·ver·sa·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·con·ver·sa·tion·al, adjectivenon·con·ver·sa·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·con·ver·sa·tion·al, adjectiveun·con·ver·sa·tion·al, adjective

Synonym study

1. See colloquial.
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Examples from the Web for conversationally

Historical Examples

  • “Guess you were making for the Pass,” he said conversationally.

    The Hound From The North

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • I will engage them conversationally and ravish them with erect and quivering adjectives.

  • Wearing one's heart on one's sleeve is good for one conversationally.


    Mary Greer Conklin

  • "She has lost her father lately, poor thing," said Margaret, conversationally.

    A True Friend

    Adeline Sergeant

  • "Every time I see a hot pilot work I'm amazed," Paresi said conversationally.

    Breaking Point</p>

    James E. Gunn

British Dictionary definitions for conversationally


  1. of, using, or in the manner of conversation
  2. inclined to or skilled in conversation; conversable
Derived Formsconversationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conversationally



1779, from conversation + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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