[ kuhn-ven-shuh-nl ]
See synonyms for: conventionalconventionalistconventionally on

  1. conforming or adhering to accepted standards, as of conduct or taste: conventional behavior.

  2. pertaining to convention or general agreement; established by general consent or accepted usage; arbitrarily determined: conventional symbols.

  1. ordinary rather than different or original: conventional phraseology.

  2. not using, making, or involving nuclear weapons or energy; nonnuclear: conventional warfare.

  3. Art.

    • in accordance with an accepted manner, model, or tradition.

    • (of figurative art) represented in a generalized or simplified manner.

  4. of or relating to a convention, agreement, or compact.

  5. Law. resting on consent, express or implied.

  6. of or relating to a convention or assembly.

Origin of conventional

From the Late Latin word conventiōnālis, dating back to 1575–85. See convention, -al1

synonym study For conventional

1. See formal1.

Other words for conventional

Other words from conventional

  • con·ven·tion·al·ist, noun
  • con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·con·ven·tion·al, adjective
  • an·ti·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·con·ven·tion·al·ist, noun, adjective
  • non·con·ven·tion·al, adjective
  • non·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-con·ven·tion·al, adjective
  • qua·si-con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·con·ven·tion·al, adjective
  • sem·i·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverb

Words Nearby conventional Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use conventional in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conventional


/ (kənˈvɛnʃənəl) /

  1. following the accepted customs and proprieties, esp in a way that lacks originality: conventional habits

  2. established by accepted usage or general agreement

  1. of or relating to a convention or assembly

  2. law based upon the agreement or consent of parties

  3. arts represented in a simplified or generalized way; conventionalized

  4. (of weapons, warfare, etc) not nuclear

  1. bridge another word for convention (def. 7)

Derived forms of conventional

  • conventionally, adverb

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