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Definitions for conventional
kənˈvɛn ʃə nlcon·ven·tion·al
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word conventional.
following accepted customs and proprieties
"conventional wisdom"; "she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior"; "conventional forms of address"
conforming with accepted standards
"a conventional view of the world"
(weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy
"conventional warfare"; "conventional weapons"
unimaginative and conformist
"conventional bourgeois lives"; "conventional attitudes"
conventional, formal, schematicadjective
represented in simplified or symbolic form
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"
rigidly formal or bound by convention
"their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt"
Pertaining to a convention, as in following generally accepted principles, methods and behaviour.
banal, trite, hackneyed, unoriginal or cliche
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Stipulated; agreed on by compact.
Etymology: from convention.
Conventional services reserved by tenures upon grants, made out of the crown or knights service. Matthew Hale, Com. Law. of Engl.
A convention is a set of agreed, stipulated, or generally accepted standards, norms, social norms, or criteria, often taking the form of a custom. In a social context, a convention may retain the character of an "unwritten law" of custom (for example, the manner in which people greet each other, such as by shaking each other's hands). Certain types of rules or customs may become law and sometimes they may be further codified to formalize or enforce the convention (for example, laws that define on which side of the road vehicles must be driven). In physical sciences, numerical values (such as constants, quantities, or scales of measurement) are called conventional if they do not represent a measured property of nature, but originate in a convention, for example an average of many measurements, agreed between the scientists working with these values.
formed by agreement or compact; stipulated
growing out of, or depending on, custom or tacit agreement; sanctioned by general concurrence or usage; formal
based upon tradition, whether religious and historical or of artistic rules
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
Etymology: [L. conventionalis: cf. F. conventionnel.]
Legislation created with the agreement or consent of people.
She always used conventional wisdom to explain their reasoning.
Submitted by MaryC on November 9, 2019
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'conventional' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2546
Rank popularity for the word 'conventional' in Adjectives Frequency: #344
The numerical value of conventional in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of conventional in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of conventional in a Sentence
Since the beginning of the 1980s, when I first had responsibility for managing some land in my own right at Highgrove, I have wanted to focus on an approach to food production that avoids the impact of the predominant, conventional system of industrialized agriculture, which, it is increasingly clear to see, is having a disastrous effect on soil fertility, biodiversity and animal and human health.
When you outgrow conventional hearing aids, that’s when you’re a cochlear implant (candidate), many patients who are using hearing aids now will do better with a cochlear implant.
There's no worry. If the conventional cotton seeds are available, if the farmers are trained and there is quality fertilizer, then there's no problem.
None of this detracts from the fact that they provide a valuable service to UFO witnesses, with field investigators looking into the sightings, sometimes turning up a conventional explanation and other times simply giving perplexed witnesses someone with whom to engage.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon:
The threat has been changed dramatically from conventional type warfare to what might be called super-conventional...weapons of mass destruction, or sub-conventional like terror, rockets, and missiles.
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Translations for conventional
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- обикновен, стандартен, традиционенBulgarian
- convencionalCatalan, Valencian
- herkömmlich, konventionellGerman
- konventionaalinen, tavanomainenFinnish
- konwencjonalny, umownyPolish
- консервати́вный, обычный, станда́ртный, традицио́нный, общепри́нятый, обы́чный, обыкнове́нный, конвенцио́нныйRussian
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