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English adjective: conventional

1. conventional following accepted customs and proprieties


SamplesConventional wisdom.
She had strayed from the path of conventional behavior.
Conventional forms of address.


Similarcustomary, formulaic, received, stodgy, stuffy


See alsoformal, unoriginal


Attributeconvention, conventionalism, conventionality


Antonymsunconventional, unconventional

2. conventional conforming with accepted standards


SamplesA conventional view of the world.


Synonymsestablished


Similarorthodox


Antonymsunorthodox

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


SamplesConventional warfare.
Conventional weapons.


Antonymsnuclear, atomic

4. conventional unimaginative and conformist


SamplesConventional bourgeois lives.
Conventional attitudes.


Similarbutton-down, buttoned-down, conservative, square, stereotyped, stereotypic, stereotypical, straight, unimaginative, white-bread


Antonymsunconventional

5. conventional represented in simplified or symbolic form


Synonymsformal, schematic


Similarnonrepresentational


Domain categorybeaux arts, fine arts


Antonymsrepresentational

6. conventional in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past


SamplesA conventional church wedding with the bride in traditional white.
The conventional handshake.


Similartraditional


Antonymsnontraditional, untraditional

7. conventional rigidly formal or bound by convention


SamplesTheir ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt.


Synonymsceremonious


Similarformal


Antonymsinformal









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