Definition of conventional in English:


Line breaks: con|ven|tion¦al
Pronunciation: /kənˈvɛnʃ(ə)n(ə)l


  • 2 Bridge (Of a bid) intended to convey a particular meaning according to an agreed convention: West made a conventional bid showing a hand with at least 5 spades Often contrasted with natural.
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    • Bids which carry an agreed meaning other than this are called artificial or conventional.
    • When doubling a player who has already doubled you, it is conventional to use the word ‘redouble‘.
    • Also, a natural bid may still be not a conventional bid, if by agreement the only other information it conveys is that the bidder is reluctant to make an alternative response, even if some or all of such alternatives are conventional or artificial.



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  • Since the nineteenth century many an artist has claimed that he fought the good fight against stuffy conventionalism by baiting the bourgeois.
  • I'm not complaining, it's just that all this uncompromising experimentation - when, that is, concessions aren't made towards conventionalism in terms of integrating it into songs - results in, well, something of a headache.
  • The more interesting tension I find between the papers is in my defense of realism about genes, and the kind of anti-realist conventionalism I think holds in the theory of natural selection.


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  • People before our fact-obsessed centuries were fully at ease with the made-up fiction, and so I see myself as a traditionalist rather than a conventionalist I suppose.
  • What, indeed, do the conventionalists themselves understand in speaking of the world as containing identifiable ‘objects’ at all?
  • A conventionalist claims that scientific laws or principles are not empirical descriptions of reality but arbitrary conventions or stipulations.


Pronunciation: /-ˈnalɪti/
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  • However, this literature provides numerous examples of the codes that indicate considerable variations in how conventionality and the codes are exhibited by specific individuals or social networks.
  • The memorial's organization of form and materials might suggest a kind of natural, earthy, broad-sweeping and open Australianness in contrast to the ceremonious conventionality of old world edifices.
  • I've imparted to his nature this bit of ill-gotten reliance on commonplace conventionality, and I thus entreat him to explain his motives.


(also conventionalise) verb
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  • In the early twentieth century, card publishers began to standardize or conventionalize Christmas card imagery.
  • But one of the many reasons was what increasingly struck me as the constrained nature of so much historical writing, the deeply grooved, patterned, conventionalized nature of the craft itself, as it is often practiced today.
  • And even more: it contained scenes of everyday life which were contrary to the concept of the opera which still lived on stylized costumes and conventionalized characters.


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  • Such surgery is conventionally done under general anaesthesia and can also be conducted under local anaesthesia.
  • This is clearly not the way history is conventionally defined.
  • Results from this study, however, suggest that this view is rather a conventionally held generalization.


late 15th century (in the sense 'relating to a formal agreement or convention'): from French conventionnel or late Latin conventionalis, from Latin conventio(n-) 'meeting, covenant', from the verb convenire (see convene).

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