Definition of conventual in English:


Syllabification: con·ven·tu·al
Pronunciation: /kənˈvenCHo͞oəl


  • 1Relating or belonging to a convent: the conventual life
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    • As her conventual discipline requires, she yields to the pain, accepting it as what God is asking of her.
    • Conversely, the estate infrastructure which supported conventual establishments attracted scant attention, and even 30 years ago when James Bond began to gather material little had been done.
    • Rome's supremacy in metalwork had already been affirmed when the conventual church's lavish new high altar was installed in 1686.
  • 1.1Relating to the less strict order of the Franciscans, living in large convents.
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    • These different viewpoints become more pronounced over time and alongside the Conventual tradition there emerged a number of reform communities.
    • The Conventual Franciscan Friars are followers of Francis of Assisi.


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  • A person who lives in or is a member of a convent.
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    • Proximity to the parish brought conventuals closer to the everyday concerns of churchgoers.
    • The conventuals print lots of books, mainly in Church Slavonian, because Orthodoxy in America still grows.
    • The Observant tactics were to use the secular powers to deal with their enemies amongst the conventuals.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin conventualis, from Latin conventus 'assembly, company' (see convent).

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