[ kuhn-ven-shuh-nl-iz-uhm ]
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  1. adherence to or advocacy of conventional attitudes or practices.

  2. something conventional, as an expression or attitude.

  1. Philosophy. the view that fundamental principles are validated by definition, agreement, or convention.

Origin of conventionalism

First recorded in 1825–35; conventional + -ism

Other words from conventionalism

  • an·ti·con·ven·tion·al·ism, noun

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How to use conventionalism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conventionalism


/ (kənˈvɛnʃənəˌlɪzəm) /

  1. advocacy of or conformity to that which is established

  2. something conventional

  1. philosophy a theory that moral principles are not enshrined in the nature of things but merely reflect customary practice

  2. 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

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