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Definition of "conventionality" [con•ven•tion•al•i•ty]

  • The state, quality, or character of being conventional. (noun)
  • A conventional act, idea, or practice. (noun)
  • The rules of conventional social behavior. (noun)

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 "conventionality" in a sentence
  • "I'm not sure if it transcends its time, but its primal fear of co-option and absorption into "the Borg" of conventionality is nerve-wracking."
  • "Still the strictest conventionality is only the tithe of mint, anise, and cumin - there are many weightier matters of the law: but self-control, however shown, is advantageous to all - to women especially."
  • "That also strikes me as a good way to approach an aesthetics of what I'm labelling Spectaculist Fantasy, steering us away from the assumptions that use of conventional epic tropes equals conventional use of epic tropes or that subversion of conventionality is necessarily about introducing atypicalities of character, plot or theme -- which strikes me as potentially quite superficial (I wonder if you can talk about a "cult of subversion" on a par with Scott's "cult of innovation")."