Definition of conventional
1 : formed by agreement or compact
2a : according with, sanctioned by, or based on convention <conventional spelling> <conventional morality>b : lacking originality or individuality : trite <Most of her books are conventional detective stories.>c (1) : ordinary, commonplace <conventional medications> (2) : nonnuclear 1 <conventional warfare>
3a : according with a mode of artistic representation that simplifies or provides symbols or substitutes for natural formsb : of traditional design
4 : of, resembling, or relating to a convention, assembly, or public meeting
conventionalismplay \-nə-ˌli-zəm\ noun
conventionalistplay \-list\ noun or adjective
conventionalizationplay \-ˌvench-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌven(t)-shə-nə-\ noun
conventionalizeplay \-ˈvench-nə-ˌlīz, -ˈven(t)-shə-nə-\ transitive verb
Examples of conventional in a sentence
The number sign is the conventional symbol for labeling something measured in pounds.
While microwaves heat up food more quickly, most food tastes better when it is cooked in a conventional oven.
Most of her books are conventional detective stories.
His views on dating are more conventional than those of some of his friends.
Origin and Etymology of conventional
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of conventional
CONVENTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conventional for English Language Learners
: 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
CONVENTIONAL Defined for Kids
Definition of conventional for Students
1 : following the usual or widely accepted way of doing things <a conventional wedding ceremony>
2 : used or accepted through general agreement <conventional signs and symbols>
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