- conforming or adhering to accepted standards, as of conduct or taste: conventional behavior.
- pertaining to convention or general agreement; established by general consent or accepted usage; arbitrarily determined: conventional symbols.
- ordinary rather than different or original: conventional phraseology.
- not using, making, or involving nuclear weapons or energy; nonnuclear: conventional warfare.
- in accordance with an accepted manner, model, or tradition.
- (of figurative art) represented in a generalized or simplified manner.
- of or relating to a convention, agreement, or compact.
- Law. resting on consent, express or implied.
- of or relating to a convention or assembly.
Origin of conventional
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Examples from the Web for conventionally
The women Peterson photographed were offbeat, eccentric, irreverent, and not conventionally pretty.Gosta Peterson's Bohemian Rhapsody: Unpacking a Photographer's '60s Secrets
September 10, 2014
Sitting at the desk was a man in his mid- to late 40s, balding, conventionally dressed in slacks and an Oxford shirt, no tie.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research
July 16, 2014
And because Dunham is not a size zero or ‘conventionally’ beautiful, Girls has been hailed as brave and feminist.Why ‘Girls’ Is Bad for Women
March 31, 2014
Montgomery is part of a small but growing group of conventionally trained physicians disillusioned with traditional medical care.Doctors Should Start Advocating Dietary Options to Treat Heart Disease
July 11, 2013
The Immigrant is far from a conventionally naturalistic historical film.Cannes Diary: James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant,’ Starring Marion Cotillard, Shines
May 25, 2013
Anita said conventionally, “It has been pleasant to talk with you, Mr. Haljan.”
I don't ask to be conventionally happy, but I want you always.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
I am a gregarious person but not a conventionally social one.The Fifth Ace
But no, she phrases it conventionally: "Will you come and receive with me?"Social Life
Maud C. Cooke
You dont mean that its the conventionally honourable thing to do?Adrienne Toner
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
- following the accepted customs and proprieties, esp in a way that lacks originalityconventional habits
- established by accepted usage or general agreement
- of or relating to a convention or assembly
- law based upon the agreement or consent of parties
- arts represented in a simplified or generalized way; conventionalized
- (of weapons, warfare, etc) not nuclear
- bridge another word for convention (def. 7)
Word Origin and History for conventionally
late 15c., "of the nature of an agreement," from Late Latin conventionalis "pertaining to convention or agreement," from Latin conventionem (see convention). Meaning "of the nature of a convention" is from 1812, now rare; "established by social convention" is from 1761; that of "following tradition" is from 1831; that of "non-nuclear" is from 1955. Realted: Conventionality; conventionally.