Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Adherence or the tendency to adhere to conventional usages, regulations, and precedents; conventionality; formalism.
- n. That which is received or established by convention or agreement; a conventional phrase, form, ceremony, etc.; something depending on conventional rules and precepts.
- n. In anthropology, the tendency of human activities to lose their significance in the course of the development of culture, and to become conventional.
- n. In the fine arts, the tendency of realistic representations of animals, plants, and other natural forms to become more conventional; in the course of the development of decorative art, the tendency of realistic motives to change into geometrical forms.
- n. uncountable Adherence to social conventions; conventional behavior
- n. countable, obsolete A conventional act or constraint
- n. uncountable, philosophy The doctrine that logical or mathematical principles are simply the expression of conventions
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which is received or established by convention or arbitrary agreement; that which is in accordance with the fashion, tradition, or usage.
- n. (Fine Arts) The principles or practice of conventionalizing. See Conventionalize, v. t.
- n. orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional
- conventional + -ism (Wiktionary)
“Yes ... "conventionalism" is a better word for what I'm talking about simply because it immediately distances what I'm talking about from the quite separate but nonetheless interesting claim that fantasy as a literary form is institutionally racist.”
“Reichenbach writes that: “The solution to the problem of space is ¦ found only in this conception we call conventionalism ¦ which goes back to Helmholtz and PoincarÃ©.””
“Women's instinctive attitude had a unique chance of displaying itself, and one wondered at the combined prudery and sentiment with which the subject was approached, while the most offensive part of their conventionalism was the sex-obsession, which was clotted, like cream turned sour, on all their judgments.”
“Instead, all I got to hear was a bunch of highly professional people, educated and polished - moan and cluck their tongues at the 'conventionalism' of all the entries.”
“In the reaction against the monotony of formalism and of that deadly conventionalism which is the peril of every accepted method in religion, art, education, or politics, men are ready to welcome any revolt, however extravagant.”
“These striking and contrasting types existing together at that period, are now rapidly disappearing before that universal conventionalism which is at present seizing and moulding the higher classes in all cities and in all countries.”
“Besides the intrinsic structure, the rhythm and what is known as the conventionalism of this style adapt themselves but ill to the requirements of true liturgical music. ”
“(unless they are on sale!) no - i'm kidding. i'm feeling like a trout that's trying to swim upstream ... ergh. then again, i've never really been one to go with "conventionalism" per se.”
“Indeed, material dependence is a rather weak kind of conventionalism and could even be made compatible with some versions of realism (cf. Hacking”
“Politician and Economist, whatever their Conservative or Liberal mode, all accept unchallenged the conventionalism of Keynesian stimulus as promotion of economic performance.”
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