Definition of Conventional

1. Adjective. Following accepted customs and proprieties. "Conventional forms of address"

2. Adjective. Conforming with accepted standards. "A conventional view of the world"
Exact synonyms: Established
Similar to: Orthodox
Derivative terms: Conventionality

3. Adjective. (weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy. "Conventional weapons"
Antonyms: Nuclear

4. Adjective. Unimaginative and conformist. "Conventional attitudes"

5. Adjective. Represented in simplified or symbolic form.
Exact synonyms: Formal, Schematic
Category relationships: Beaux Arts, Fine Arts
Similar to: Nonrepresentational
Derivative terms: Schema, Schema, Schematic, Scheme

6. Adjective. In accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past. "The conventional handshake"
Similar to: Traditional
Derivative terms: Conventionality

7. Adjective. Rigidly formal or bound by convention. "Their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt"
Exact synonyms: Ceremonious
Similar to: Formal
Derivative terms: Ceremoniousness, Ceremony, Ceremony

Definition of Conventional

1. a. Formed by agreement or compact; stipulated.

Definition of Conventional

1. Adjective. Pertaining to a convention, as in following generally accepted principles, methods and behaviour. ¹

2. Adjective. ordinary, commonplace ¹

3. Adjective. banal, trite, hackneyed, unoriginal or cliche ¹

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Definition of Conventional

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Medical Definition of Conventional

1. Following what is traditional or customary. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Conventional

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1. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1891)
"7- Now, of that which is just as between citizens, it it in part part is natural, part is conventional. That is natural part cm-m which has the same ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1908)
"Lighthouses, buoys, etc., located on the chart should be shown by their conventional signs or, if preferred, by lettering the name of the object. ..."

3. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"And of these estates for life, some are conventional, or expressly created ... conventional estates for life. — Estates for life, expressly created by deed ..."

4. Preventing Deadly Conflict edited by David A. Hamburg, Cyrus R. Vance (1998)
"To date, few efforts to control the flows of conventional weapons have been ... notably the UN Register of conventional Arms and the Wassenaar Arrangement. ..."

5. Courtly Love in Chaucer and Gower by William George Dodd (1913)
"conventional LYRIC POEMS The Complaint to Pity The Complaint to Pity belongs to the large class of pieces in which the poet-lover laments the rigor of his ..."

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