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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Its demise could open the way for a new arms race in missiles, whether nuclear or conventional, whose time to target is mere minutes. The Economist, "Donald Trump risks undoing decades of nuclear arms control," 9 July 2019 Twenty-seven of them were conventional, but the other three were tactical rockets with nuclear warheads. Sergei L. Loiko, latimes.com, "Secrets of Chernobyl spill out more than three decades after the nuclear disaster," 30 June 2019 Microsoft’s OneDrive capacity increases are much more conventional. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft adds OneDrive Personal Vault to secure your critical files and increases storage options," 25 June 2019 The last volume in the trilogy, Nocilla Lab, is marginally more conventional than its predecessors. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019 More from the Military Handlers start off with a standard, unguided conventional weapon such as the Mk. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Look Inside the Cockpit of a B-2 Bomber for the First Time," 29 Apr. 2019 As the war escalated, at least 95 percent of the casualties resulted from conventional weapons from Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Iran that no one was obstructing. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 Still, Republicans will start the new Congress in January with a 53-47 majority in the Senate, so a conventional attorney general candidate like Mr. Barr will likely be approved and could be in office by February. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Trump Taps William Barr to Be Next Attorney General," 7 Dec. 2018 While this does allow a variety of conventional weapons in space, practical considerations should limit things like anti-satellite weapons, which have the potential to create debris fields that limit access to space by all nations. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Mike Pence introduces Pentagon report calling for a space force," 9 Aug. 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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