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[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl-iz-uh m]
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  1. adherence to or advocacy of conventional attitudes or practices.
  2. something conventional, as an expression or attitude.
  3. Philosophy. the view that fundamental principles are validated by definition, agreement, or convention.
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Origin of conventionalism

First recorded in 1825–35; conventional + -ism
Related formsan·ti·con·ven·tion·al·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for conventionalism

Historical Examples

  • A current conventionalism in the synagogs was that the just would 'eat the Shekinah.'

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • In morals he sets up a higher standard than conventionalism.

  • He would have been a subject of some dynasty or a victim of some conventionalism.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • Conventionalism is another of the drifts which that Rock has to arrest.

  • But instead, we have a world of propriety and conventionalism.

    About London

    J. Ewing Ritchie

British Dictionary definitions for conventionalism


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