adjective con·ven·tion·al \kən-ˈvench-nəl, -ˈven(t)-shə-nəl\

: used and accepted by most people : usual or traditional

: of a kind that has been around for a long time and is considered to be usual or typical

: common and ordinary : not unusual

Full Definition of CONVENTIONAL

:  formed by agreement or compact
a :  according with, sanctioned by, or based on convention
b :  lacking originality or individuality :  trite
c (1) :  ordinary, commonplace
(2) :  nonnuclear 1 <conventional warfare>
a :  according with a mode of artistic representation that simplifies or provides symbols or substitutes for natural forms
b :  of traditional design
:  of, resembling, or relating to a convention, assembly, or public meeting
con·ven·tion·al·ism \-nə-ˌli-zəm\ noun
con·ven·tion·al·ist \-list\ noun or adjective
con·ven·tion·al·i·za·tion \-ˌvench-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌven(t)-shə-nə-\ noun
con·ven·tion·al·ize \-ˈvench-nə-ˌlīz, -ˈven(t)-shə-nə-\ transitive verb
con·ven·tion·al·ly adverb


  1. The number sign is the conventional symbol for labeling something measured in pounds.
  2. While microwaves heat up food more quickly, most food tastes better when it is cooked in a conventional oven.
  3. Most of her books are conventional detective stories.
  4. His views on dating are more conventional than those of some of his friends.

First Known Use of CONVENTIONAL

15th century


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