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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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* 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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