[ kon-vuh-nahns; French kawnvuh-nahns ]
/ ˈkɒn vəˌnɑns; French kɔ̃vəˈnɑ̃s /

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.

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


/ French (kɔ̃vnɑ̃s) /


suitable behaviour; propriety

Word Origin for convenance

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