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Webster 1913 Edition


Conventional

Con-ven′tion-al

,
Adj.
[L.
conventionalis
: cf. F.
conventionnel
.]
1.
Formed by agreement or compact; stipulated.
Conventional
services reserved by tenures upon grants, made out of the crown or knights’ service.
Sir M. Hale.
2.
Growing out of, or depending on, custom or tacit agreement; sanctioned by general concurrence or usage; formal.
Conventional decorum.”
Whewell.
The
conventional
language appropriated to monarchs.
Motley.
The ordinary salutations, and other points of social behavior, are
conventional
.
Latham.
3.
(Fine Arts)
(a)
Based upon tradition, whether religious and historical or of artistic rules.
(b)
Abstracted; removed from close representation of nature by the deliberate selection of what is to be represented and what is to be rejected;
as, a
conventional
flower; a
conventional
shell.
Cf.
Conventionalize
,
Verb.
T.

Webster 1828 Edition


Conventional

CONVENTIONAL

,
Adj.
Stipulated; formed by agreement.
Conventional services reserved by tenures on grants, made out of the crown or knights service.

Definition 2021


conventional

conventional

See also: convențional

English

Adjective

conventional (comparative more conventional, superlative most conventional)

  1. Pertaining to a convention, as in following generally accepted principles, methods and behaviour.
    • 2013 June 1, Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):
      A “moving platform” scheme [] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. Local trains would use side-by-side rails to roll alongside intercity trains and allow passengers to switch trains by stepping through docking bays.
  2. Ordinary, commonplace.
    They wear conventional clothes, eat conventional food, and keep conventional hours.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      Mother [] considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, from which every Kensingtonian held aloof, except on the conventional tip-and-run excursions in pursuit of shopping, tea and theatres.
    • 1980, Carl Sagan, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,
      The history of our study of our solar system shows us clearly that accepted and conventional ideas are often wrong, and that fundamental insights can arise from the most unexpected sources.
  3. Banal, trite, hackneyed, unoriginal or clichéd.

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conventional (plural conventionals)

  1. (finance) A conventional gilt-edged security, a kind of bond paying the holder a fixed cash payment (or coupon) every six months until maturity, at which point the holder receives the final payment and the return of the principal.