conforming or adhering to accepted standards, as of conduct or taste: conventional behavior.
pertaining to convention or general agreement; established by general consent or accepted usage; arbitrarily determined: conventional symbols.
ordinary rather than different or original: conventional phraseology.
not using, making, or involving nuclear weapons or energy; nonnuclear: conventional warfare.
in accordance with an accepted manner, model, or tradition.
(of figurative art) represented in a generalized or simplified manner.
of or relating to a convention, agreement, or compact.
Law. resting on consent, express or implied.
of or relating to a convention or assembly.
- 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
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How to use conventional in a sentence
The bitcoin network doesn't comply with anti-money laundering laws that conventional financial networks must follow—though some bitcoin intermediaries do.Mastercard will support cryptocurrencies—but not the ones you think | Timothy B. Lee | February 11, 2021 | Ars Technica
In its marketing, Trek claimed that WaveCel was “up to 48 times” more protective against concussions than conventional, foam-only helmets, citing a peer-reviewed study.
Quantum bits, or qubits, are analogous to the bits found in conventional computers.‘Designer molecules’ could create tailor-made quantum devices | Emily Conover | February 9, 2021 | Science News
It claims to be able to 3D print structures “two times as quickly with 95% less labor hours and 10-times less waste” than conventional construction.Mighty Buildings nabs $40M Series B to 3D print your next house | Mary Ann Azevedo | February 9, 2021 | TechCrunch
The economic, demographic and technological forces now converging on conventional radio helped push the two biggest station owners, iHeart Media and Cumulus Media, to file for bankruptcy-court protection in 2017 and 2018, respectively.Rush Limbaugh is ailing. And so is the conservative talk radio industry. | Paul Farhi | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Many Jewish women have been accepted as conventional, mainstream hot.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America? | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The end of conventional childbirth might only be a matter of time.
Despite conventional wisdom, there are no rewards just for participating.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art | Alec Kubas-Meyer | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They double down on the plot device of a lone visionary opposed by conventional hierarchies.
Enter the iSpoon, a conventional stirrer on one end and a tablet stylus on the other.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life | Allison McNearney | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Mr. Boutwood, though a dog, was a careful dog, especially at those moments when the conventional dog can refuse nothing.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
The various lodgings of my bachelor days was never quite of the conventional sort.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The period of infancy is fixed by law, and is therefore a conventional, yet needful regulation.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Toulon, which had been seized by the French royalists, surrendered to the conventional troops.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
She was hatless and dressed in a neat riding-suit—the conventional attire of her classmates who had gone in for riding-lessons.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for conventional
following the accepted customs and proprieties, esp in a way that lacks originality: conventional habits
established by accepted usage or general agreement
of or relating to a convention or assembly
law based upon the agreement or consent of parties
arts represented in a simplified or generalized way; conventionalized
(of weapons, warfare, etc) not nuclear
bridge another word for convention (def. 7)
- conventionally, adverb
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