conventional

adjective
con·​ven·​tion·​al | \ kən-ˈvench-nəl How to pronounce conventional (audio) , -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 How to pronounce conventionalism (audio) , -​ˈven(t)-​shə-​ \ noun
conventionalist \ kən-​ˈvench-​nə-​list How to pronounce conventionalist (audio) , -​ˈven(t)-​shə-​ \ noun or adjective
conventionalization \ kən-​ˌvench-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce conventionalization (audio) , -​ˌven(t)-​shə-​nə-​ \ noun
conventionalize \ kən-​ˈvench-​nə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce conventionalize (audio) , -​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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Smoking marijuana is prohibited anywhere conventional cigarettes are banned. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Full vending machines. Pot on the pillow. What some California hotels are doing to attract marijuana smokers," 22 June 2018 How does that work in terms of conventional forces but then also the space race? Fox News, "Rep. Mike Turner: Trump has had important impact on NATO," 21 July 2018 Being strong in cyberspace is now as important for our deterrence efforts as having strong conventional forces. Jens Stoltenberg, WIRED, "How NATO Defends Against the Dark Side of the Web," 9 June 2018 The President's freewheeling approach to the talks has worried both administration officials and close US allies who have urged the President to stick to a more conventional approach to negotiations. Jeremy Diamond, Kevin Liptak And Elise Labott, CNN, "Trump picks 'attitude' over prep work ahead of Singapore summit," 7 June 2018 Some might argue that after throwing out conventional heterosexual characters, the romantic conventions should go, too. Lily Burana, Marie Claire, "Where Are Our Queer Rom-Coms?," 15 Feb. 2019 Unfortunately, high-quality clothing and other textiles made from organic fibers are often more expensive than those made with conventional materials. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "Are Your Fast-Fashion Clothes Killing Farmers?," 14 Feb. 2019 As a piece of conventional Hollywood cinema, Green Book has plenty to recommend it. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.," 7 Jan. 2019 Jonathan rated it as better than either of Jaguar's conventional SUVs. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The 20 most-popular stories of 2018," 25 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 How to pronounce conventional (audio) \

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 How to pronounce conventional (audio) \

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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