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conventionalism

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Adherence or the tendency to adhere to conventional usages, regulations, and precedents; conventionality; formalism.
  • noun That which is received or established by convention or agreement; a conventional phrase, form, ceremony, etc.; something depending on conventional rules and precepts.
  • noun In anthropology, the tendency of human activities to lose their significance in the course of the development of culture, and to become conventional.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which is received or established by convention or arbitrary agreement; that which is in accordance with the fashion, tradition, or usage.
  • noun (Fine Arts) The principles or practice of conventionalizing. See Conventionalize, v. t.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable Adherence to social conventions; conventional behavior
  • noun countable, obsolete A conventional act or constraint
  • noun uncountable, philosophy The doctrine that logical or mathematical principles are simply the expression of conventions

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

  • noun orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

conventional +‎ -ism

Examples

  • 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.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • 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 Poincaré.”

    Hans Reichenbach

  • 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.

    Women's Wild Oats Essays on the Re-fixing of Moral Standards

  • 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.

    State of Play Virtual Architecture 1.0: Contest Judges Say Enough with the Simulacra Already

  • 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.

    Essays on Work and Culture

  • 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.

    Life of Chopin

  • 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.

    Life of Chopin

  • 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. "

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • (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.

    moschikat Diary Entry

  • Indeed, material dependence is a rather weak kind of conventionalism and could even be made compatible with some versions of realism (cf. Hacking

    Natural Kinds

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