follow Dictionary.com

Love words? Sign up for our Word of the Day!

conventionalism

[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl-iz-uh m] /kənˈvɛn ʃə nlˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
adherence to or advocacy of conventional attitudes or practices.
2.
something conventional, as an expression or attitude.
3.
Philosophy. the view that fundamental principles are validated by definition, agreement, or convention.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; conventional + -ism
Related forms
anticonventionalism, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for conventionalism

conventionalism

/kənˈvɛnʃənəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
advocacy of or conformity to that which is established
2.
something conventional
3.
(philosophy) a theory that moral principles are not enshrined in the nature of things but merely reflect customary practice
4.
(philosophy) the theory that meaning is a matter of convention and thus that scientific laws merely reflect such general linguistic agreement
Derived Forms
conventionalist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for conventionalism

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for conventionalism

22
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with conventionalism