Definitions of conventional

  1. rigidly formal or bound by convention; " their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt"
  2. ( fine arts) represented in simplified or symbolic form
  3. following accepted customs and proprieties; " conventional wisdom"; " she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior"; " conventional forms of address"
  4. unimaginative and conformist; " conventional bourgeois lives"; " conventional attitudes"
  5. weapons that are not nuclear; " conventional warfare"; " conventional weapons"
  6. in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past; " a conventional church wedding with the bride in traditional white"; " the conventional handshake"
  7. conforming with accepted standards; " a conventional view of the world"
  8. ( weapons) using non- nuclear energy for propulsion or destruction; " conventional warfare"; " conventional weapons"
  9. represented in simplified or symbolic form
  10. Formed by agreement or compact; stipulated.
  11. Growing out of, or depending on, custom or tacit agreement; sanctioned by general concurrence or usage; formal.
  12. Based upon tradition, whether religious and historical or of artistic rules.
  13. 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, v. t.
  14. Formal; sanctioned by custom or tradition; based on accepted rules; in art, following fixed rules in design, technique, etc.
  15. Conventionally.
  16. Formed by convention: growing out of tacit agreement or custom: customary.
  17. Agreed on; customary.
  18. Established by convention or custom; agreed; customary; formal.
  19. Settled by stipulation or by tacit consent; as sanctioned and currently accepted by tacit agreement; agreeable to accepted standards; agreeable to contract.
  20. Customary; tacitly understood.

Usage examples for conventional

  1. A certain young duke has been taken away by his mother to foreign parts and there educated, and has come back proud and conventional – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  2. This is a position to which conventional rules cannot apply. – Auction of To-day by Milton C. Work
  3. Many sorts of Americans live in America; and the Atlantic American, it is to be feared, often has a cautious and conventional imagination. – Red Men and White by Owen Wister
  4. This was not altogether conventional politeness; he imagined she wanted to see him, although she was obviously willing to let him go then. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  5. Kullak's programme has a conventional ring. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  6. She would like to utter words of thanks, the conventional words of gratitude she has uttered innumerable times in the last two years- but now they stick in her throat. – The End of Her Honeymoon by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  7. Mrs. Ashwood had resumed her conventional courtesy without however losing her feminine desire to make her companion pay for the agitation he had caused her. – A First Family of Tasajara by Bret Harte
  8. She received him with a conventional How do you do?" – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. Among the enormous quantity of music he has written there is one overture, " Macbeth," to which I wish to draw attention; it is short, it is conventional but there is a lot of the real feeling of Macbeth in it. – Shakespeare and Music by Christopher Wilson
  10. But after all his attitude toward women was wholly conventional – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  11. And even if he did not how could she possibly find those letters with him watching her, and all in the brief time of a conventional afternoon call? – The Lion and the Mouse A Story of an American Life by Charles Klein
  12. Mr. Ault arose and shook hands cordially, and then went on, without delay for any conventional talk. – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  13. The alliance has continued to build on the progress of the past three years in improving its conventional forces through the Long- Term Defense Program. – State of the Union Addresses of Jimmy Carter by Jimmy Carter
  14. Whether this proves that my morality, my conscience, in real life, is a purely conventional thing, acquired by habit, I do not know; it would appear to be so. – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  15. It was the proper, conventional view, but when it's needful mother can go deep. – Partners of the Out-Trail by Harold Bindloss
  16. We have a whole kingdom in which we rule alone, can do what we choose, be wise or ridiculous, harsh or easy, conventional or odd. – Leaves in the Wind by A. G. Gardiner
  17. My people are the most conventional in the world. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  18. She tried another apology, and hit this time on the conventional form. – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
  19. And it doesn't seem to me that Mrs. Lessingham is exactly conventional in her views. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  20. Most of the subjects were conventional it was the detail and the light on them that was interesting. – Joe Burke's Last Stand by John Moncure Wetterau