con·​ven·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ kən-ˌven(t)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce conventionality (audio) \
plural conventionalities

Definition of conventionality

1 : a conventional usage, practice, or thing
2 : the quality or state of being conventional especially : adherence to conventions

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To be sure, there’s a familiarity to that Heart Of Darkness setup — and Roy’s whispered, on-the-nose voiceover often adds another level of conventionality. Rachel Yang,, "First Ad Astra reviews say Brad Pitt shines in thoughtful, slightly familiar movie," 29 Aug. 2019 Several of the familiar themes are there: the search for and betrayal of the lost mother; the double nature of father/lover and lover/brother; the defense of boredom or nothingness as a moral position more truthful than conventionality. Rachel Cusk, The New Yorker, "Françoise Sagan, the Great Interrogator of Morality," 21 Aug. 2019 This is not the kind of approach that usually inspires confidence; a sure route to conventionality is empty experimentation. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Valerie” Is an Extraordinary Love Letter to a Radical Feminist," 1 Aug. 2019 WeWork gets credit for being a disrupter of sorts, and the company certainly has played up its lack of conventionality. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "WeWork Builds Real-Estate IPO on Tech Foundation," 29 Apr. 2019 On Twitter, Megan McArdle suggested to me that the fix for the family structure problem is for Hollywood to become moralistic and scoldy about unmarried parents and to valorize bourgeois conventionality. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Family structure matters, but can we do anything about it?," 5 Oct. 2018 Each perfectly cast character has a twist that places him or her outside of conventionality. Matthew Gilbert,, "Bill Hader’s ‘Barry’ a killer comedy," 20 Mar. 2018 Every Aquarian is a rebel at heart: These air signs despise authority and anything that represents conventionality. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Personality of an Aquarius, Explained," 2 Feb. 2018 One is the doctrine of conventionality control, which is contested by some scholars. The Economist, "The mouse that ruledLatin America’s human-rights court moves into touchy territory," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of conventionality

circa 1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of conventionality was circa 1834

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