from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Based on or in accordance with general agreement, use, or practice; customary: conventional symbols; a conventional form of address.
  • adj. Conforming to established practice or accepted standards; traditional: a conventional church wedding.
  • adj. Devoted to or bound by conventions to the point of artificiality; ceremonious.
  • adj. Unimaginative; conformist: longed to escape from their conventional, bourgeois lives.
  • adj. Represented, as in a work of art, in simplified or abstract form.
  • adj. Law Based on consent or agreement; contractual.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling an assembly.
  • adj. Using means other than nuclear weapons or energy: conventional warfare; conventional power plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a convention, as in following generally accepted principles, methods and behaviour.
  • adj. ordinary, commonplace
  • adj. banal, trite, hackneyed, unoriginal or cliche
  • n. A conventional gilt-edged security, a kind of bond paying the holder a fixed cash payment (or coupon) every six months until maturity, at which point the holder receives the final payment and the return of the principal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Formed by agreement or compact; stipulated.
  • adj. Growing out of, or depending on, custom or tacit agreement; sanctioned by general concurrence or usage; formal.
  • adj.
  • adj. Based upon tradition, whether religious and historical or of artistic rules.
  • adj. Abstracted; removed from close representation of nature by the deliberate selection of what is to be represented and what is to be rejected; Cf. Conventionalize, v. t.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to a convention, or formal meeting of delegates.
  • Stipulated; covenanted; established by agreement.
  • Arbitrarily selected, fixed, or determined: as, a conventional sign.
  • Arising out of custom or usage; sanctioned by general concurrence; depending on usage or tacit agreement; not existing from any natural growth or necessity; generally accepted or observed; formal.
  • Specifically In the fine arts, depending on accepted models or traditions, irrespective of independent study of nature; traditionally or purposely deviating from natural forms, although properly retaining the principles which underlie them: as, the conventional forms of birds, beasts, flowers, etc., in heraldry and on coins.
  • In law, resting in actual contract: as, the conventional relation of landlord and tenant, as distinguished from the implied obligation to pay for use and occupation, incurred by occupying another's land without agreement.
  • In card-playing, noting any method of conveying information which is not based on the principles of the game, such as the trump signal, the American leads, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past
  • adj. (weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy
  • adj. conforming with accepted standards
  • adj. rigidly formal or bound by convention
  • adj. represented in simplified or symbolic form
  • adj. unimaginative and conformist
  • adj. following accepted customs and proprieties


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