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Conversational Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    conversational adj : characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation; "wrote her letters in a colloquial style"; "the broken syntax and casual enunciation of conversational English" [syn: colloquial]
Conversational Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Conversational \Con`ver*sa"tion*al\ (k[o^]n`v[~e]r*s[=a]"sh[u^]n*al), a. Pertaining to conversation; in the manner of one conversing; as, a conversational style. --Thackeray.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Conversational'

Conversation is interactive, more-or-less spontaneous, communication between two or more conversants. Interactivity occurs because contributions to a conversation are response reactions to what has previously been said. Spontaneity occurs because a conversation must proceed, to some extent, and in some way, unpredictably. (Contrast with a scripted conversation, which falls outside this definition.) (However, the scope of that spontaneity may legitimately be somewhat pre-limited for the purpose of expediency, e.g. a talk show or a debate.)

Conversations are sometimes the ideal form of communication, depending on the conversants' intended ends. Conversations may be ideal when, for example, each party desires a relatively equal exchange of information, or when one party desires to question the other. (On the other hand, if permanency, or the ability to review such information is important, written communication may be ideal. Or if time-efficiency is most important, a speech may be preferable.) For a successful conversation, the partners must achieve a workable balance of contributions. A successful conversation includes mutually interesting connections between the speakers or things that the speakers know. For this to happen, those engaging in conversation must find a topic on which they both can relate in some sense.

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'Conversational' in famous quotation sentence

* Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know. - Cullen Hightower

* Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience. - Bill Watterson

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Conversational Sample Sentences in News

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    In a casual and friendly conversational setting, the Village Square Sacramento will bring together 150 community members for Dinner at the Square on October 2nd Read more on this news related to 'Conversational'
  • Kasisto Secures $2.25 Million in Seed Financing to Bring Virtual Specialist Capabilities to Enterprise Mobile ...
    NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kasisto, provider of a conversational artificial intelligence platform for enterprise mobile applications, today announced it has secured $2.25 million in seed funding. The round was led by New York Angels with participation from Two Sigma Ventures, the Partnership Fund for New York City, the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator Read more on this news related to 'Conversational'
  • SPD's Communications Squad: The kids are all right
    More than just a bunch of marijuana smart-asses, the SPD has used social media and a conversational style to earn the ear of 72,000 people. Read more on this news related to 'Conversational'

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