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conventionality

Definitions

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

  • n. The state, quality, or character of being conventional.
  • n. A conventional act, idea, or practice.
  • n. The rules of conventional social behavior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being conventional
  • n. Something conventional; a convention

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being conventional; adherence to social formalities or usages; that which is established by conventional use; one of the customary usages of social life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being conventional as opposed to natural; artificiality; a conventional custom, form, term, principle, etc.

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

  • n. orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional
  • n. unoriginality as a result of being too conventional
  • n. conformity with conventional thought and behavior

Etymologies

conventional +‎ -ity (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I'm not sure if it transcends its time, but its primal fear of co-option and absorption into "the Borg" of conventionality is nerve-wracking.

    Friday YouTube: The Ending of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  • Still the strictest conventionality is only the tithe of mint, anise, and cumin - there are many weightier matters of the law: but self-control, however shown, is advantageous to all - to women especially.

    Zoe: The History of Two Lives

  • That also strikes me as a good way to approach an aesthetics of what I'm labelling Spectaculist Fantasy, steering us away from the assumptions that use of conventional epic tropes equals conventional use of epic tropes or that subversion of conventionality is necessarily about introducing atypicalities of character, plot or theme -- which strikes me as potentially quite superficial (I wonder if you can talk about a "cult of subversion" on a par with Scott's "cult of innovation").

    More Aesthetics

  • In this parish, conventionality, which is the one true synonym for morality, called for bare shoulders and arms unsleeved.

    We Can't Have Everything

  • For one person who, being a person of genius, has been injured by what is called conventionality -- I do not, of course, mean foolish conformity to what is absurd -- thousands have been saved by it, and self-separation means mischief.

    Catharine Furze

  • Its great storytelling, extraordinary characters yes, and conventional storyline in such an extraordinary and intelligent way that I cannot believe that there was not a tiny bit of intention behind this kind of conventionality in the storyline and depiction of characters!

    Breath and Bones

  • 'But,' she added, with that touch of superiority in her manner which obtruded itself in most of her conversation with the vicar's wife, 'there are certain accepted traditions of womanhood such as conventionality approves, and it was not called artificial to conform to them when I was a girl.'

    Peter and Jane or The Missing Heir

  • For May had the unique advantage of combining that degree of conventionality which is admissibly essential, with a refreshing lack of conventionality in non-essentials.

    A Venetian June

  • It may be one kind of conventionality for some of us and another kind for others, but we are borne on by it all the same.

    The Associate Hermits

  • "conventionality" are typically coded as "feminine," there is an unspoken bias that leads masculine transgender expression to be seen as more inherently transgressive than feminine transgender expression.

    Life, Law, Gender

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