Dictionary.com

conventionalism

[ kuhn-ven-shuh-nl-iz-uhm ]
/ kənˈvɛn ʃə nlˌɪz əm /
Save This Word!

noun
adherence to or advocacy of conventional attitudes or practices.
something conventional, as an expression or attitude.
Philosophy. the view that fundamental principles are validated by definition, agreement, or convention.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of conventionalism

First recorded in 1825–35; conventional + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM conventionalism

an·ti·con·ven·tion·al·ism, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use conventionalism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conventionalism

conventionalism
/ (kənˈvɛnʃənəˌlɪzəm) /

noun
advocacy of or conformity to that which is established
something conventional
philosophy a theory that moral principles are not enshrined in the nature of things but merely reflect customary practice
philosophy the theory that meaning is a matter of convention and thus that scientific laws merely reflect such general linguistic agreement

Derived forms of conventionalism

conventionalist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK