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conversant

[kuh n-vur-suh nt, kon-ver-] /kənˈvɜr sənt, ˈkɒn vər-/
adjective
1.
familiar by use or study (usually followed by with):
conversant with Spanish history.
2.
Archaic. having regular or frequent conversation; intimately associating; acquainted.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English conversa(u)nt < Latin conversant- (stem of conversāns), present participle of conversārī to associate with. See converse1, -ant
Related forms
conversance, conversancy, noun
conversantly, adverb
nonconversance, noun
nonconversancy, noun
nonconversant, adjective
nonconversantly, adverb
unconversant, adjective
Synonyms
1. versed, learned, skilled, practiced, well-informed, proficient.
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Examples from the web for conversant
  • The second one adds yet another requirement, namely, that candidates better be conversant in various theories.
  • Still, politicians are more conversant with human irrationality than most.
  • It is expected when expressing opinion on a subject someone must be well conversant on the subject.
  • But this may seem to be so only on the face of it and only to those who are not conversant with these matters.
  • Orthodontists, periodontists and those conversant in lower porcelain laminates.
  • Besides, many prominent colleagues in the field are conversant with neither language.
  • You'll be expected to be conversant in these topics and to be able to speak about all of this in a knowledgeable way.
  • Branding involves the location and arousal of affection, and you can't do it unless you are conversant in the language of romance.
  • Ordinary people need to know what information is available, and they need the training to be conversant in it.
  • The business world is full of people who are clever and conversant in current management concepts and fads.
British Dictionary definitions for conversant

conversant

/kənˈvɜːsənt/
adjective
1.
(usually postpositive) and foll by with. experienced (in), familiar (with), or acquainted (with)
Derived Forms
conversance, conversancy, noun
conversantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conversant
adj.

late 14c., from Old French conversant, present participle of converser (see converse (v.)).

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