Definitions

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  • n. conventional propriety

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is suitable, agreeable, or convenient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which is becoming or proper; conventional propriety.
  • n. plural The conventionalities of life.
  • n. a marriage based on considerations of family interests, such as birth, position, fortune, or the like, rather than on personal predilection.

Etymologies

From French convenir (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ibsen is in favor of the mariage de convenance, which suppresses, without favor, the absurdity of love-matches.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • The upside of this convenance is that commuters accept a modern, reliable approach of transport, they accumulate beside of the latest technology and their cartage seldom, if ever, crave additional parts.

    Auto Parts, The Pros and Cons

  • Since we are a nation who thrives on convenance you think people will grow it themself when they can just go buy it. hell no, then those same people will have something else to complain about.

    Obama or McCain?

  • En effet, je deteste mariage de convenance, mauvaise honte et mauvais sujet.

    My Personal Ode written in French and American English Translation

  • It ` s not a full deed with convenance (ph) against a grantor.

    CNN Transcript May 18, 2007

  • France is the country where that sweet Christian institution of mariages de convenance (which so many folks of the family about which this story treats are engaged in arranging) is most in vogue.

    The Newcomes

  • What the deuce does a mariage de convenance mean but all this, and are not such sober Hymeneal torches more satisfactory often than the most brilliant love matches that ever flamed and burnt out?

    The Newcomes

  • You see, in these mariages de convenance, though a coronet may be convenient to a beautiful young creature, and a beautiful young creature may be convenient to an old gentleman, there are articles which the marriage-monger cannot make to convene at all: tempers over which M. de Foy and his like have no control; and tastes which cannot be put into the marriage settlements.

    The Newcomes

  • We make marriages of convenance in our country, que diable, and what follows follows; but no scandal afterwards!

    The Newcomes

  • Living by themselves in their ancient castles, or their dreary mansion of the Faubourg St. Germain, I suppose the Duke and Duchess grew tried of one another, as persons who enter into a mariage de convenance sometimes, nay, as those who light a flaming love-match, and run away with one another, will be found to do.

    The Newcomes

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