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conversational

[kon-ver-sey-shuh-nl] /ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃə nl/
adjective
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
1770-1780
First recorded in 1770-80; conversation + -al1
Related forms
conversationally, adverb
nonconversational, adjective
nonconversationally, adverb
preconversational, adjective
unconversational, 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.

    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.

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

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    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.

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  • "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

conversational

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

conversational

adj.

1779, from conversation + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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