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[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), con·ven·tion·al·ized, con·ven·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make conventional.
  2. Art. to represent in a conventional manner.
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Also especially British, con·ven·tion·al·ise.

Origin of conventionalize

First recorded in 1850–55; conventional + -ize
Related formscon·ven·tion·al·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for conventionalized

Historical Examples

  • (c) Conventionalized lily—the prototype of the trident and the thunder-weapon.

    The Evolution of the Dragon

    G. Elliot Smith

  • The pointed oval, or vesica, is the conventionalized form of the fish.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester

  • Everywhere the conventionalized book-language is spoken by the few.

  • In using a flower, or other design, for a frieze or dado, they should be conventionalized.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

  • It is a "conventionalized" creation, as we say of ornamentation.

    In the Wilderness

    Charles Dudley Warner

British Dictionary definitions for conventionalized



verb (tr)
  1. to make conventional
  2. to simplify or stylize (a design, decorative device, etc)
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Derived Formsconventionalization or conventionalisation, noun
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