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[kuhn-vur-suhnt, kon-ver-]
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  1. familiar by use or study (usually followed by with): conversant with Spanish history.
  2. Archaic. having regular or frequent conversation; intimately associating; acquainted.
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Origin of conversant

1250–1300; Middle English conversa(u)nt < Latin conversant- (stem of conversāns), present participle of conversārī to associate with. See converse1, -ant
Related formscon·ver·sance, con·ver·san·cy, nouncon·ver·sant·ly, adverbnon·con·ver·sance, nounnon·con·ver·san·cy, nounnon·con·ver·sant, adjectivenon·con·ver·sant·ly, adverbun·con·ver·sant, adjective

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Related Words for conversance

familiarity, ken, grasp, relationship, understanding, fellowship, cognizance, intimacy, awareness, conversance

British Dictionary definitions for conversance


  1. (usually postpositive and foll by with) experienced (in), familiar (with), or acquainted (with)
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Derived Formsconversance or conversancy, nounconversantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conversance



late 14c., from Old French conversant, present participle of converser (see converse (v.)).

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