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Definition of "conventional" []

  • Based on or in accordance with general agreement, use, or practice; customary: conventional symbols; a conventional form of address. (adjective)
  • Conforming to established practice or accepted standards; traditional: a conventional church wedding. (adjective)
  • Devoted to or bound by conventions to the point of artificiality; ceremonious. (adjective)
  • Unimaginative; conformist: longed to escape from their conventional, bourgeois lives. (adjective)
  • Represented, as in a work of art, in simplified or abstract form. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "conventional" in a sentence
  • "In this report the term conventional energy is used to refer to fossil fuel, nuclear energy, and large-scale hydropower."
  • "Now, in order to clear up some concepts, I want to tell you that when the term conventional tons of fuel is used -- sometimes the terms tons of petroleum and conventional tons are used in order for the public to understand the terns the same way all of us learned them in order to understand what a conventional ton meant -- it means 100,300 kilocalories."
  • "The term conventional tillage refers to land preparation in which there is maximum disturbance of the soil structure."