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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All of the seemingly high-glyphosate-containing products were conventional, not organic. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "Should You Worry About Herbicides In Your Food?," 10 Oct. 2018 Waymo is competing with Uber and Lyft Waymo's self-driving technology is innovative, but its business model is completely conventional. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Formula 1 has used the tech since 2014 for the rear brakes (the fronts are still conventional). Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "Why Brake-By-Wire Is Coming To Your Car," 12 July 2018 The conventional view is that the economy, which has more than doubled in size since the ruling party came to power in 2002, has been the key to Mr Erdogan’s and AK’s fortunes. The Economist, "Surrender your dollars, urges Turkey’s President Erdogan," 14 June 2018 To date, the conventional view has been that the Alzheimer's incidence rate will continue to rise as the Baby Boomers age. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "3 promising new developments in Alzheimer’s and dementia research," 5 June 2018 Hocking rejects the conventional view of Detroit’s history (auto boom town that devolved into ruins after being abandoned) and considers his exhibition to be a culmination of his two decades of producing work in the city. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Art Birmingham, CCS student exhibit, 'Company' at the Ringwald," 9 May 2018 That's now seven pars in a row for Tiger, though this one was a little less conventional in nature. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Putting Woes Continue as Tiger Woods Shoots Two-Over 73 on Friday at Wells Fargo," 4 May 2018 That’s all in the bucket of conventional Republican president, any other Republican president would’ve pursued those goals. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Axios’ Jonathan Swan explains what the press gets wrong about the Trump administration," 6 Dec. 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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