[kuh n-ven-shuh-nal-i-tee]

noun, plural con·ven·tion·al·i·ties for 3, 4.

conventional quality or character.
adherence to convention.
a conventional practice, principle, form, etc.
conventionalities, conventional rules of behavior.

Origin of conventionality

First recorded in 1825–35; conventional + -ity
Related formssem·i·con·ven·tion·al·i·ty, noun, plural sem·i·con·ven·tion·al·i·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conventionality

Historical Examples of conventionality

  • That's their way of showing their contempt for conventionality.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • So, Jennie, we must pay some respect to conventionality, and we will take the carriage.

  • And Miss Abbott—she, too, was beautiful in her way, for all her gaucheness and conventionality.

  • It takes its root in conventionality, the curse of all individuality and progress.

    The Curse of Education

    Harold E. Gorst

  • Our submergence in a sea of conventionality of almost impenetrable density.

British Dictionary definitions for conventionality


noun plural -ties

the quality or characteristic of being conventional, esp in behaviour, thinking, etc
(often plural) something conventional, esp a normal or accepted rule of behaviour; propriety
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