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