Definition of conventional adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈvenʃənl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvenʃənl//
    Conventional medicine
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  1. 1  (often disapproving) tending to follow what is done or considered acceptable by society in general; normal and ordinary, and perhaps not very interesting conventional behaviour/morality She's very conventional in her views. opposite unconventional
  2. 2  [usually before noun] following what is traditional or the way something has been done for a long time conventional methods/approaches conventional medicine It's not a hotel, in the conventional sense, but rather a whole village turned into a hotel. You can use a microwave or cook it in a conventional oven. opposite unconventional See related entries: Conventional medicine
  3. 3[usually before noun] (especially of weapons) not nuclear conventional forces/weapons A conventional war would still cause unacceptable devastation. a conventional power station (= using oil or coal as fuel, rather than nuclear power)
  4. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘relating to a formal agreement or convention’): from French conventionnel or late Latin conventionalis, from Latin conventio(n-) ‘meeting, covenant’, from the verb convenire ‘assemble, agree, fit’, from con- ‘together’ + venire ‘come’.Extra examples He turned out to be a very conventional young man. Her face is not beautiful in conventional terms. It’s not a hotel in the conventional sense, rather a whole village turned into a hotel. My sister was taught to read by more conventional methods. Raising such a large amount of money from conventional sources would be difficult. She had a fairly conventional start to her career. The imagery in the poem is somewhat conventional. They rejected what they saw as the hypocrisy of conventional society.
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