[ 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.
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Origin of convenance
1475–85; < Anglo-French, equivalent to conven(ir) to be proper + -ance -ance
Words nearby convenance
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Example sentences 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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