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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
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.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • Wearing one's heart on one's sleeve is good for one conversationally.

    Conversation 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

    James E. Gunn
  • "I do not entirely understand this, David," the general said conversationally.

    General Max Shorter Kris Ottman Neville
  • First Soldier (conversationally): He cometh hither for sacrifice, they say.

    Shorter Bible Plays Rita Benton
  • "Maybe we're on Mars," said Watkins conversationally, but no one responded.

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
  • "You've got quite a defense there," Malley said conversationally.

    Diplomatic Immunity Robert Sheckley
  • “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
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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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