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[kuh n-vur-suh nt, kon-ver-] /kənˈvɜr sənt, ˈkɒn vər-/
familiar by use or study (usually followed by with):
conversant with Spanish history.
Archaic. having regular or frequent conversation; intimately associating; acquainted.
Origin of conversant
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
1. versed, learned, skilled, practiced, well-informed, proficient. Unabridged
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  • 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


(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

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

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