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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At $1,700 a kilowatt, that is half the cost of a conventional turbine of equivalent capacity, and is comparable with the cost per kilowatt of industrial-scale turbines that have outputs measured in megawatts. The Economist, "An innovative approach to making electricity from the wind," 7 June 2019 The bee took place just a few days before the final episode aired from James Holzhauer’s 32-game Jeopardy! winning streak, which rewrote conventional strategy for the show. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "How the Octo-Champs of the 2019 National Spelling Bee Have Changed the Game," 7 June 2019 So the series has been preparing me for this turn toward the more conventional and action-packed from its very first episode. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale is ready to burn it all down in season 3," 5 June 2019 While some would have seen that as a nonstarter, the architect took it as a challenge, eschewing the conventional to create a design that optimized the use of space with vertical interlocking shapes that evoke music; not a sea shanty, but an aria. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Look inside a Palo Alto home that imagines the sea and music," 4 June 2019 Algal blooms can affect drinking water taste, odor and coloration, and even produce toxins that are difficult to remove with conventional water treatment. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "In Hendricks County, Ronald Reagan Parkway extension pits science against growth," 9 July 2018 In cancers resistant to conventional treatment, patients with t-SCNC died, on average, nearly eight months sooner after their treatment failed than those without that type of cancer. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "Aggressive, deadly type of prostate cancer occurs at higher rate than previously thought," 9 July 2018 Glioblastoma, the aggressive brain cancer being fought by U.S. Sen. John McCain that has been resistant to conventional treatments, may find its match in a new study at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton hospital tries novel treatment against brain cancer," 29 June 2018 Zahler and a team of doctors grudgingly agreed to hold off on conventional treatment with one caveat. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Clinic, parents clash over girl's brain tumor treatment; court to decide," 13 May 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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