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Pronunciation:  kun'venshunl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  following accepted customs and proprieties; "conventional wisdom"; "she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior"; "conventional forms of address"
  2. [adj]  unimaginative and conformist; "conventional bourgeois lives"; "conventional attitudes"
  3. [adj]  weapons that are not nuclear; "conventional warfare"; "conventional weapons"
  4. [adj]  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"
  5. [adj]  rigidly formal or bound by convention; "their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt"
  6. [adj]  conforming with accepted standards; "a conventional view of the world"
  7. [adj]  (fine arts) represented in simplified or symbolic form

CONVENTIONAL is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: accepted, button-down, buttoned-down, ceremonious, conservative, customary, established, formulaic, nonrepresentational, orthodox, received, schematic, square, stereotyped, stereotypic, stereotypical, stodgy, straight, stuffy, traditional, unimaginative
 Antonyms: atomic, nuclear, unconventional
 See Also: formal, unoriginal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*ven"tion*al\, a. [L. conventionalis: cf. F.
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.

         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}, v. t.

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