conventional

[k_ə_n_v_ˈɛ_n_ʃ_ə_n_əl], [kənvˈɛnʃənə͡l], [kənvˈɛnʃənə‍l]

Definitions of conventional:

  1.   Conventionally. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   Agreed on; customary. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   Formed by convention: growing out of tacit agreement or custom: customary. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4.   Customary; tacitly understood. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   Settled by stipulation or by tacit consent; as sanctioned and currently accepted by tacit agreement; agreeable to accepted standards; agreeable to contract. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6.   Formal; sanctioned by custom or tradition; based on accepted rules; in art, following fixed rules in design, technique, etc. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Quotes for conventional:

  1. Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him. – John Barrymore
  2. Most human beings today waste some 25 to 30 years of their lives before they break through the actual and conventional lies which surround them. – Isadora Duncan
  3. We need not renounce the use of conventional force. We will be ready to repel any clear and present danger that poses a genuine threat to our national security and survival. – Theodore C. Sorensen
  4. They used to be seen as insane or unthinkable acts of madmen. But if they take place they'll be called "war" too. And there will still be no conventional war. – Bruce Sterling
  5. Many people have their reputations as reporters and analysts because they are on television, batting around conventional wisdom. A lot of these people have never reported a story. – Bob Woodward

Usage examples for conventional:

  1. 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
  2. “ 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
  3. 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
  4. And it doesn't seem to me that Mrs. Lessingham is exactly conventional in her views. ” – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  5. She tried another apology, and hit this time on the conventional form. ” – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
  6. She received him with a conventional How do you do?" ” – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  7. 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
  8. “ 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
  9. “ 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
  10. “ Kullak's programme has a conventional ring. ” – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker

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