Conventional
Conventional Con*ven"tion*al, a. [L. conventionalis: cf. F. conventionnel.] 1. Formed by agreement or compact; stipulated. [1913 Webster]

Conventional services reserved by tenures upon grants, made out of the crown or knights' service. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

2. Growing out of, or depending on, custom or tacit agreement; sanctioned by general concurrence or usage; formal. ``Conventional decorum.'' --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

The conventional language appropriated to monarchs. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

The ordinary salutations, and other points of social behavior, are conventional. --Latham. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


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