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convenance

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

noun

, plural con·ve·nanc·es [kon, -v, uh, -nahn-siz, kaw, n, v, uh, -, nahns].
  1. suitability; expediency; propriety.
  2. convenances, the social proprieties or conventionalities.


convenance

/ kɔ̃vnɑ̃s /

noun

  1. suitable behaviour; propriety


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Word History and Origins

Origin of convenance1

1475–85; < Anglo-French, equivalent to conven ( ir ) to be proper + -ance -ance
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Word History and Origins

Origin of convenance1

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

Nevertheless, since she married—as girls in France do—not to please herself, but her parents, she made a mariage de convenance.

He was thinking of this marriage de convenance he must make, of this bride he must one day take home to England.

Of course I shall have to marry one day or other, but I'm afraid it will be what the French call a mariage de convenance.

This mariage de convenance brought no happiness to the parties concerned, and ended in completely crushing the unloved wife.

It was a mariage de convenance—there'd been no wooing, no winning.

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