What does conventional mean?

Definitions for conventionalkənˈvɛn ʃə nl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word conventional.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. conventional(adj)

    following accepted customs and proprieties

    "conventional wisdom"; "she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior"; "conventional forms of address"

  2. conventional, established(adj)

    conforming with accepted standards

    "a conventional view of the world"

  3. conventional(adj)

    (weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy

    "conventional warfare"; "conventional weapons"

  4. conventional(adj)

    unimaginative and conformist

    "conventional bourgeois lives"; "conventional attitudes"

  5. conventional, formal, schematic(adj)

    represented in simplified or symbolic form

  6. conventional(adj)

    in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past

    "a conventional church wedding with the bride in traditional white"; "the conventional handshake"

  7. ceremonious, conventional(adj)

    rigidly formal or bound by convention

    "their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt"

Wiktionary

  1. conventional(Adjective)

    Pertaining to a convention, as in following generally accepted principles, methods and behaviour.

  2. conventional(Adjective)

    ordinary, commonplace

  3. conventional(Adjective)

    banal, trite, hackneyed, unoriginal or cliche

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conventional(adj)

    formed by agreement or compact; stipulated

  2. Conventional(adj)

    growing out of, or depending on, custom or tacit agreement; sanctioned by general concurrence or usage; formal

  3. Conventional(adj)

    based upon tradition, whether religious and historical or of artistic rules

  4. Conventional(adj)

    abstracted; removed from close representation of nature by the deliberate selection of what is to be represented and what is to be rejected; as, a conventional flower; a conventional shell. Cf. Conventionalize, v. t

  5. Origin: [L. conventionalis: cf. F. conventionnel.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conventional' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2546

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conventional' in Adjectives Frequency: #344

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conventional in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conventional in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Kenneth Galbraith:

    The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

  2. Henry Kissinger:

    The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.

  3. John Barrymore:

    Die I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.

  4. Betty Naomi Friedan:

    When she stopped conforming to the conventional picture of femininity she finally began to enjoy being a woman.

  5. The State Department:

    These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.

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