[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl]


Origin of conventional

From the Late Latin word conventiōnālis, dating back to 1575–85. See convention, -al1
Related formscon·ven·tion·al·ist, nouncon·ven·tion·al·ly, adverban·ti·con·ven·tion·al, adjectivean·ti·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverban·ti·con·ven·tion·al·ist, noun, adjectivenon·con·ven·tion·al, adjectivenon·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverbqua·si-con·ven·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverbsem·i·con·ven·tion·al, adjectivesem·i·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverb

Synonyms for conventional

1. See formal1. 2. usual, habitual, customary. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conventionally

Contemporary Examples of conventionally

Historical Examples of conventionally

  • 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

    Douglas Grant

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for conventionally



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)
Derived Formsconventionally, adverb
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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.

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