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Definitions for convention
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a large formal assembly
convention, normal, pattern, rule, formulanoun
something regarded as a normative example
"the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
(diplomacy) an international agreement
conventionality, convention, conventionalismnoun
orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional
the act of convening
A meeting or gathering.
The convention was held in Geneva.
A formal deliberative assembly of mandated delegates
The EU installed an inter-institutional Convention to draft a European constitution
The convening of a formal meeting
A formal agreement, contract or pact
A treaty or supplement to such.
The Vienna convention at the Vienna Congress (1814-15) standardized most of diplomatic conduct for generations
A generally accepted principle, method or behaviour.
Etymology: Recorded since c. 1440, from conventio, from convenio, from con- + venio.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: conventio, Latin.
They are to be reckoned amongst the most general affections of the conventions, or associations of several particles of matter into bodies of any certain denomination. Boyle.
Publick conventions are liable to all the infirmities, follies, and vices of private men. Jonathan Swift.
the act of coming together; the state of being together; union; coalition
general agreement or concurrence; arbitrary custom; usage; conventionality
a meeting or an assembly of persons, esp. of delegates or representatives, to accomplish some specific object, -- civil, social, political, or ecclesiastical
an extraordinary assembly of the parkiament or estates of the realm, held without the king's writ, -- as the assembly which restored Charles II. to the throne, and that which declared the throne to be abdicated by James II
an agreement or contract less formal than, or preliminary to, a treaty; an informal compact, as between commanders of armies in respect to suspension of hostilities, or between states; also, a formal agreement between governments or sovereign powers; as, a postal convention between two governments
Etymology: [L. conventio: cf. F. convention. See Convene, v. i.]
A convention, in the sense of a meeting, is a gathering of individuals who meet at an arranged place and time in order to discuss or engage in some common interest. The most common conventions are based upon industry, profession, and fandom. Trade conventions typically focus on a particular industry or industry segment, and feature keynote speakers, vendor displays, and other information and activities of interest to the event organizers and attendees. Professional conventions focus on issues of concern to the profession and advancements in the profession. Such conventions are generally organized by societies dedicated to promotion of the topic of interest. Fan conventions usually feature displays, shows, and sales based on pop culture and guest celebrities. Science fiction conventions traditionally partake of the nature of both professional conventions and fan conventions, with the balance varying from one to another. Conventions also exist for various hobbies, such as gaming or model railroads. Conventions are often planned and coordinated, often in exacting detail, by professional meeting and convention planners, either by staff of the convention's hosting company or by outside specialists. Most large cities will have a convention center dedicated to hosting such events. The term MICE - meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibitions - is widely used in Asia as a description of the industry. The Convention is one of the most dynamic elements in the M.I.C.E. segment. The industry is generally regulated under the tourism sector.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kon-ven′shun, n. an assembly, esp. of representatives or delegates for some common object: any extraordinary assembly called upon any special occasion: any temporary treaty: an agreement: established usage: fashion.—adj. Conven′tional, formed by convention: growing out of tacit agreement or custom: customary: not spontaneous.—v.t. Conven′tionalise.—ns. Conventionalism, that which is established by tacit agreement, as a mode of speech, &c.; Conven′tionalist, one who adheres to a convention, or is swayed by conventionalism; Conventional′ity, state of being conventional: that which is established by use or custom.—adv. Conven′tionally.—adj. Conven′tionary, acting under contract.—ns. Conven′tioner, Conven′tionist. [Fr.,—L. convention-em. See Convene.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
An agreement made between hostile troops, for the evacuation of a post, or the suspension of hostilities.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In a military sense, is an agreement made between hostile armies for some well-defined purpose, such as the evacuation of a fort, territory, etc. One of the most celebrated conventions of modern times was that of Cintra (1808), between the French and the English generals.
A type of international agreement.
There are many types of international conventions.
Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'convention' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2832
Rank popularity for the word 'convention' in Nouns Frequency: #979
The numerical value of convention in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of convention in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of convention in a Sentence
We will see whether Trump can reinvent himself at the convention, one can only hope so, but I have my doubts.
In instances falsity is the convention, the mighty truth bows. In the rare instances the truth is convention, the mighty lies bow. Because fortunately, to the majority, the question is whether it's a convention or not, not whether it's true or false.
We're not going to do that, geneva Convention affords only name, rank and serial number, and so that's what we're going to do. All of us are falling out.
Well, I think the convention is a challenging situation and a number of my colleagues have announced that they are not going to attend, and we'll have to wait and see how things look in late August to determine whether or not you can safely convene that many people.
It is a very important body that would be then saying that Sweden's actions are inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights. And it is international common practice to follow those decisions.
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Translations for convention
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- събрание, конвенция, конгрес, споразумениеBulgarian
- convencióCatalan, Valencian
- konvence, úmluva, sjezdCzech
- Versammlung, Kongress, Vereinbarung, Sitte, Abkommen, Konvention, BrauchGerman
- tratado, convenio, costumbre, convenciónSpanish
- مجمع, اجلاس, عرف, توافقنامه, توافق, قرارداد, جلسه, معاهده, پیمانPersian
- käytäntö, konventio, sopimus, kokoontuminen, edustajakokous, kokousFinnish
- còmhdhailScottish Gaelic
- מוסכמה, אמנה, כנס, שיטה רשמיתHebrew
- overeenkomst, praktijk, bijeenkomst, conventieDutch
- ntsaago áłah aleehNavajo, Navaho
- întrunire, convenție, tratatRomanian
- конвент, съезд, соглашение, собрание, конвенция, договорRussian
- antlaşma, kurultay, kongre, gelenek, toplantı, âdetTurkish
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