[kon-vuh-nahns; French kawnvuh-nahns]

noun, plural con·ve·nanc·es [kon-vuh-nahn-siz; French kawnvuh-nahns] /ˈkɒn vəˌnɑn sɪz; French kɔ̃vəˈnɑ̃s/.

suitability; expediency; propriety.
convenances, the social proprieties or conventionalities.

Nearby words

  1. convection zone,
  2. convective activity,
  3. convective discharge,
  4. convective heat,
  5. convector,
  6. convene,
  7. convener,
  8. convenience,
  9. convenience food,
  10. convenience store

Origin of convenance

1475–85; < Anglo-French, equivalent to conven(ir) to be proper + -ance -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for convenance

  • We make marriages of convenance in our country, que diable, and what follows follows; but no scandal afterwards!

    The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for convenance



suitable behaviour; propriety

Word Origin for convenance

from convenir to be suitable, from Latin convenīre; see convenient

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Word Origin and History for convenance



late 15c., from French convenance "convention, agreement, convenience," from convenant, present participle of convenir "to come together" (see convene).

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