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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 conversationally
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  • It was cocktail time when they returned; conversationally, it was a continuation from lunch.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • "She has lost her father lately, poor thing," said Margaret, conversationally.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • First Soldier (conversationally): He cometh hither for sacrifice, they say.

    Shorter Bible Plays Rita Benton
  • "I do not entirely understand this, David," the general said conversationally.

    General Max Shorter Kris Ottman Neville
  • "Oh yes," said Miriam conversationally, with trembling breath.

    Pointed Roofs Dorothy Richardson
  • “Guess you were making for the Pass,” he said conversationally.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • "I was a spy once—with Buffalo Bill," said Lightnin', conversationally.

    Lightnin' Frank Bacon
  • "Maybe we're on Mars," said Watkins conversationally, but no one responded.

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
  • The other did not answer, but his silence seemed somehow solid as assent; and MacIan went on conversationally.

    The Ball and The Cross G.K. Chesterton
  • “I must tell you about my father,” she said conversationally.

    Wild Oranges Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for conversationally


of, using, or in the manner of conversation
inclined to or skilled in conversation; conversable
Derived Forms
conversationally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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