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Conventional Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    conventional adj
  1. following accepted customs and proprieties; "conventional wisdom"; "she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior"; "conventional forms of address" [ant: unconventional, unconventional]
  2. conforming with accepted standards; "a conventional view of the world" [syn: established]
  3. (weapons) using non-nuclear energy for propulsion or destruction; "conventional warfare"; "conventional weapons" [ant: nuclear]
  4. unimaginative and conformist; "conventional bourgeois lives"; "conventional attitudes" [ant: unconventional]
  5. represented in simplified or symbolic form [syn: formal, schematic]
  6. in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past; "a conventional church wedding with the bride in traditional white"; "the conventional handshake"
  7. rigidly formal or bound by convention; "their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt" [syn: ceremonious]
Conventional Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Conventional \Con*ven"tion*al\, a. [L. conventionalis: cf. F. conventionnel.]
  1. Formed by agreement or compact; stipulated. Conventional services reserved by tenures upon grants, made out of the crown or knights' service. --Sir M. Hale.
  2. Growing out of, or depending on, custom or tacit agreement; sanctioned by general concurrence or usage; formal. ``Conventional decorum.'' --Whewell. The conventional language appropriated to monarchs. --Motley. The ordinary salutations, and other points of social behavior, are conventional. --Latham.
  3. (Fine Arts) (a) Based upon tradition, whether religious and historical or of artistic rules. (b) Abstracted; removed from close representation of nature by the deliberate selection of what is to be represented and what is to be rejected; as, a conventional flower; a conventional shell. Cf. Conventionalize, v. t.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Conventional'

A convention is a set of agreed, stipulated or generally accepted standards, norms, social norms or criteria, often taking the form of a custom.

Certain types of rules or customs may become law and regulatory legislation may be introduced to formalize or enforce the convention (e.g., laws that define on which side of the road vehicles must be driven). In a social context, a convention may retain the character of an "unwritten" law of custom (e.g., the manner in which people greet each other, such as by shaking each other's hands).

In physical sciences, numerical values (such as constants, quantities, or scales of measurement) are called conventional if they do not represent a measured property of nature, but originate in a convention, for example an average of many measurements, agreed between the scientists working with these values.

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* I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honestly out of countenance any day of the week, if there is anything to get got by it. - Charles Dickens

* Die I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him. - John Barrymore

* The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose. - Henry Kissinger

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