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 Dictionary entry overview: What does convention mean? 

  The noun CONVENTION has 5 senses:

1. a large formal assembly
2. something regarded as a normative example
3. (diplomacy) an international agreement
4. orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional
5. the act of convening

  Familiarity information: CONVENTION used as a noun is common.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A large formal assembly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

political convention

Hypernyms ("convention" is a kind of...):

group meeting; meeting (a formally arranged gathering)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "convention"):

Constitutional Convention (the convention of United States statesmen who drafted the United States Constitution in 1787)

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Something regarded as a normative example

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


normal; convention; rule; pattern; formula

Context examples:

the convention of not naming the main character / violence is the rule not the exception / his formula for impressing visitors

Hypernyms ("convention" is a kind of...):

practice (knowledge of how something is usually done)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "convention"):

mores ((sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group)

code of behavior; code of conduct (a set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group)

universal (a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings)

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(diplomacy) an international agreement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("convention" is a kind of...):

accord; pact; treaty (a written agreement between two states or sovereigns)

Domain category:

diplomacy; diplomatic negotiations (negotiation between nations)

Instance hyponyms:

Chemical Weapons Convention (a global treaty banning the production or acquisition or stockpiling or transfer or use of chemical weapons)

Geneva Convention (an agreement first drawn up in Geneva in 1864 and later revised concerning the treatment of captured and wounded military personnel and civilians in wartime)

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Orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


conventionalism; conventionality; convention

Hypernyms ("convention" is a kind of...):

orthodoxy (the quality of being orthodox (especially in religion))


conventional (following accepted customs and proprieties)

unconventional (not conforming to accepted rules or standards)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "convention"):

conformity; ossification (hardened conventionality)

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The act of convening

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


convening; convention

Hypernyms ("convention" is a kind of...):

assemblage; assembly; gathering (the social act of assembling)

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