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conventional

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1 accepted, used, or practiced by most people

  • conventional wisdom holds that an incumbent president has an overwhelming advantage over his opponent
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2 based on customs usually handed down from a previous generation

  • tried to break from the conventional attitudes regarding the proper roles for men and women
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3 following or agreeing with established form, custom, or rules

  • conventional courtesy demands that the bridal couple send written thank-you notes for their gifts
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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


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