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[kuh n-ven-shuh-nal-i-tee] /kənˌvɛn ʃəˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural conventionalities for 3, 4.
conventional quality or character.
adherence to convention.
a conventional practice, principle, form, etc.
conventionalities, conventional rules of behavior.
Origin of conventionality
1825-35; conventional + -ity
Related forms
semiconventionality, noun, plural semiconventionalities. Unabridged
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  • There was not a touch of simpering, self-satisfied conventionality anywhere in the exhibition.
  • In that he fails miserably, since conventionality is not his strong suit.
  • The colorful, spacious period riggings are perfectly complemented by the florid conventionality of the music.
  • School involvement, attachment to family, and conventionality of peers were unrelated to delinquency involvement.
  • Our purpose is to teach students to challenge conventionality through the development of their minds, bodies and souls.
  • His work is being preserved as a living monument to a creative and individualistic spirit unbounded by conventionality.
  • The conclusion of the drama marks another departure from conventionality.
British Dictionary definitions for conventionality


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or characteristic of being conventional, esp in behaviour, thinking, etc
(often pl) something conventional, esp a normal or accepted rule of behaviour; propriety
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