Conventional \Con*ven"tion*al\, a. [L. conventionalis: cf. F.
1. Formed by agreement or compact; stipulated. [1913 Webster]
Conventional services reserved by tenures upon grants, made out of the crown or knights' service. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]
2. Growing out of, or depending on, custom or tacit agreement; sanctioned by general concurrence or usage; formal. "Conventional decorum." --Whewell. [1913 Webster]
The conventional language appropriated to monarchs. --Motley. [1913 Webster]
The ordinary salutations, and other points of social behavior, are conventional. --Latham. [1913 Webster]
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.
1: following accepted customs and proprieties; "conventional wisdom"; "she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior"; "conventional forms of address" [ant: unconventional]
2: conforming with accepted standards; "a conventional view of the world" [syn: conventional, established]
3: (weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy; "conventional warfare"; "conventional weapons" [ant: atomic, nuclear]
4: unimaginative and conformist; "conventional bourgeois lives"; "conventional attitudes" [ant: unconventional]
5: represented in simplified or symbolic form [syn: conventional, 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]
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