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CONVENTIONAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does conventional mean? 

CONVENTIONAL (adjective)
  The adjective CONVENTIONAL has 7 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: CONVENTIONAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONVENTIONAL (adjective)


Sense 1conventional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Following accepted customs and proprieties

Context examples:

conventional wisdom / she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior / conventional forms of address

Similar:

accepted; received (widely accepted as true or worthy)

customary (in accordance with convention or custom)

formulaic (characterized by or in accordance with some formula)

stodgy; stuffy (excessively conventional and unimaginative and hence dull)

Also:

formal (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress))

unoriginal (not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual)

Attribute:

convention; conventionalism; conventionality (orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional)

Antonym:

unconventional (not conforming to accepted rules or standards)

unconventional (not conventional or conformist)


Sense 2conventional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conforming with accepted standards

Synonyms:

conventional; established

Context example:

a conventional view of the world

Similar:

orthodox (adhering to what is commonly accepted)


Sense 3conventional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy

Context examples:

conventional warfare / conventional weapons

Antonym:

nuclear ((weapons) deriving destructive energy from the release of atomic energy)


Sense 4conventional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unimaginative and conformist

Context examples:

conventional bourgeois lives / conventional attitudes

Similar:

white-bread (of or belonging to or representative of the white middle class)

stereotyped; stereotypic; stereotypical; unimaginative (lacking spontaneity or originality or individuality)

square; straight (rigidly conventional or old-fashioned)

button-down; buttoned-down; conservative (unimaginatively conventional)

Antonym:

unconventional (not conventional or conformist)


Sense 5conventional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Represented in simplified or symbolic form

Synonyms:

schematic; formal; conventional

Similar:

nonrepresentational (of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature)

Domain category:

beaux arts; fine arts (the study and creation of visual works of art)


Sense 6conventional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past

Context examples:

a conventional church wedding with the bride in traditional white / the conventional handshake

Similar:

traditional (consisting of or derived from tradition)


Sense 7conventional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rigidly formal or bound by convention

Synonyms:

ceremonious; conventional

Context example:

their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt

Similar:

formal (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress))


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