conventional

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

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 sense 1 conventional warfare
3a : according with a mode of artistic representation that simplifies or provides symbols or substitutes for natural forms
b : of traditional design
4 : of, resembling, or relating to a convention, assembly, or public meeting

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Other Words from conventional

conventionalism \ kən-​ˈvench-​nə-​ˌli-​zəm , -​ˈven(t)-​shə-​ \ noun
conventionalist \ kən-​ˈvench-​nə-​list , -​ˈven(t)-​shə-​ \ noun or adjective
conventionalization \ kən-​ˌvench-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən , -​ˌven(t)-​shə-​nə-​ \ noun
conventionalize \ kən-​ˈvench-​nə-​ˌlīz , -​ˈven(t)-​shə-​nə-​ \ transitive verb
conventionally adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for conventional

ceremonial, ceremonious, formal, conventional mean marked by attention to or adhering strictly to prescribed forms. ceremonial and ceremonious both imply strict attention to what is prescribed by custom or by ritual, but ceremonial applies to things that are associated with ceremonies a ceremonial offering , ceremonious to persons given to ceremony or to acts attended by ceremony. made his ceremonious entrance formal applies both to things prescribed by and to persons obedient to custom and may suggest stiff, restrained, or old-fashioned behavior. a formal report the headmaster's formal manner conventional implies accord with general custom and usage conventional courtesy and may suggest a stodgy lack of originality or independence. conventional fiction

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.
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Newsletter Sign-up The U.S. says that the 9M729 missile, a mobile system that can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads, has been tested by Russia at a distance banned by the INF treaty and deployed. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "U.S.-Russia Nuclear-Arms Pact Moves Closer to Collapse," 16 Jan. 2019 The overall rate of rejections for all groups on conventional loans was 9.6 percent. Kenneth R. Harney, miamiherald, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Prices As home prices rise, so do the down payment requirements for a conventional mortgage loan. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's hot housing market: Five things you need to know," 24 Apr. 2018 This new vehicle is significantly smaller and lighter than a conventional passenger car and doesn't even have space for a human driver on board. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Kroger-owned grocery store begins fully driverless deliveries," 18 Dec. 2018 The joint venture is also working with battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. in developing battery technologies and products together to lower costs, part of an effort to make EVs as profitable as conventional cars, Dietsch said. Bloomberg.com, "Jaguar Land Rover Promises a Made-in-China Electric Car Soon," 27 June 2018 Peshkin and his parents also contribute to research in a less conventional way. Karen Weintraub, BostonGlobe.com, "A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging," 23 June 2018 Peshkin and his parents also contribute to research in a less conventional way. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "An anti-aging researcher faces the loss of his inspiration: his 96-year-old father," 20 June 2018 Australia earned a penalty the conventional way–an obvious handball on Samuel Umtiti–four minutes later, and Mile Jedinak converted on the ensuing PK to pull Australia even. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "WATCH: VAR Used at World Cup for First Time, Grants France Penalty," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of conventional

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conventional

see convention

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conventional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of conventional

: 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

adjective
con·​ven·​tion·​al | \ kən-ˈven-shə-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of conventional

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

conventional

adjective
con·​ven·​tion·​al | \ kən-ˈven-chə-nəl \

Legal Definition of conventional

1 : based on, settled by, or formed by agreement : contractual — compare judicial sense 2, legal sense 2c
2 : of, like, or relating to a convention or public meeting

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