Adjective "conventional" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Based on or in accordance with what is generally done or believed.
  1. 'Of course, flouting conventional morality was not allowed in the late 19th century.'
  2. 'Of course, conventional training wisdom doesn't condone this.'
  3. 'They are listed solely to suggest that conventional models based on living creatures may be inadequate.'
  4. 'A single person on £15,000 a year could borrow £48,750 under a conventional loan based on 3.25 times income.'
  5. 'This is a scientific hypothesis, but it challenges the metaphysical assumption on which conventional science is based.'
  6. 'String theory by its very definition is based on the conventional rules of quantum mechanics and if Hawking was right, the entire foundation of the theory would be destroyed.'
  7. 'But business is all based on conventional wisdom.'
  8. 'I no longer believe in conventional albums as the main thrust of my recording career.'
  9. 'I used to believe the conventional wisdom that the best way to answer the telephone was to smile when you are speaking.'
  10. '‘This industry is not based on conventional career paths, so look for breaks to work your way up the ladder’ he advised.'
  11. 'you're a bit too well-brought-up, a bit too conventional'
  12. 'Such attitudes alarmed his more conventional sisters.'
  13. 'From this, we may learn that the hero is a fundamentally conventional person, despite what he's been doing for the past five minutes.'
  14. 'Such people are very conventional and orderly in all they have to do.'
  15. 'None of these could really be compared to the kind of conventional client that other designers had to contend with.'
  16. 'It is a less than conventional space, looking for a less than conventional owner, says Martin, who now wants to move on to a new renovation project, this time outside London.'
  17. '‘My parents were quite conventional,’ he recalls.'
  18. 'That's right, but they were not conventional people.'
  19. 'Her planned future, teaching small Swedes, marriage to a Dane, the life of a conventional housewife, seemed remote and unromantic.'
  20. 'The idea is to have conventional people adopt it.'
  21. 'Find yourself a window and crawl through it since we all know you're not conventional enough to walk through a door.'
  22. 'Yet in taking the cultural turn, Freeman doesn't stray far from the mainline, for this remains in many ways a very conventional work of scholarship.'
  23. 'It's a harrowing and rather conventional tale of one man overcoming many obstacles - poverty, blindness and drugs - to become a great star.'
  24. 'In fact, its disdain for conventional musical genre - despite an obviously strong love of music - is what elevates it above the competition.'
  25. 'Apart from the competent conventional work, there are also distinctly Australian design genres emerging.'
  26. 'These relatively conventional works were succeeded by a period of experiment in musical theatre, to which such works as Britten's church parables are a noteworthy contribution.'
  27. 'She churned out slight, conventional children's stories for 20 years to support her family before producing The Treasure Seekers at the age of 40.'
  28. 'I now it's not one of his more conventional works, but I love it when humor artists get macabre.'
  29. 'They are conventional works only in the sense that they treat the voice vocally, if you will.'
  30. 'This is in essence a short and rather conventional biography which breaks no new ground but is a good summary of current knowledge.'
  31. 'agreement on reducing conventional forces in Europe'
  32. 'You can see mushroom clouds forming from very large explosions that are caused by conventional weapons.'
  33. 'Special forces or laser-guided conventional bombs could cut off a bunker's power supplies, ventilation and exits.'
  34. 'Short range stuff for dealing with conventional weapons and forces: nothing with the range or power we need.'
  35. 'And thank God only conventional weapons were used.'
  36. 'So long as he has only conventional weapons we can overawe him with our armed forces and clobber him back into line if he misbehaves.'
  37. 'It appears this is an extension of our policy on the sale of conventional weapons.'
  38. 'The Air Force ended the Cold War with a substantial stockpile of conventional weapons.'
  39. 'This country has never conformed to international agreements for reducing nuclear and conventional weapons.'
  40. 'This weapon uses conventional explosives to disperse radioactive materials, exposing troops and civilians to harmful radiation.'
  41. 'You know, the number of people that they killed with conventional weapons, with artillery and small arms, was a whole lot greater than what they killed with chemicals.'
(of a bid) intended to convey a particular meaning according to an agreed convention.
  1. 'When doubling a player who has already doubled you, it is conventional to use the word ‘redouble‘.'
  2. 'Also, a natural bid may still be not a conventional bid, if by agreement the only other information it conveys is that the bidder is reluctant to make an alternative response, even if some or all of such alternatives are conventional or artificial.'


1. conforming or adhering to accepted standards, as of conduct or taste: conventional behavior.

2. pertaining to convention or general agreement; established by general consent or accepted usage; arbitrarily determined: conventional symbols.

3. ordinary rather than different or original: conventional phraseology.

4. not using, making, or involving nuclear weapons or energy; nonnuclear: conventional warfare.

5. Art. in accordance with an accepted manner, model, or tradi

More examples(as adjective)

"exchanges can be conventional to extents."

"divisions can be conventional as sexuals."

"awards can be conventional in natures."

"forces can be conventional."

"gasolines can be conventional."

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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘relating to a formal agreement or convention’): from French conventionnel or late Latin conventionalis, from Latin conventio(n-) ‘meeting, covenant’, from the verb convenire (see convene).