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[kon-ver-sey-shuh-nl] /ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃə nl/
of, relating to, or characteristic of conversation:
a conversational tone of voice.
able or ready to converse; given to conversation.
Origin of conversational
1770-80; conversation + -al1
Related forms
conversationally, adverb
nonconversational, adjective
nonconversationally, adverb
preconversational, adjective
unconversational, adjective
1. See colloquial. Unabridged
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  • And their conversational skills took the biggest nosedive while they were trying to navigate intersections or handle traffic.
  • The tone is conversational, and the story unfolds a little bit at a time, building anticipation.
  • They're neither fast enough to be conversational nor slow enough to be truly deep.
  • Built-in sound reduction adds conversational clarity in crowded public spaces and on busy roadways.
  • But the style was conversational and filled with personality.
  • His courtroom manner was casual and conversational, which tended to lull his adversaries into a fatal haze of complacency.
  • The advantage of this form of companionship was that it did not put too great a strain upon one's conversational powers.
  • His paragraphs are conversational, as you might expect, and not perfectly formulated.
  • Also, in general, be prepared for a conversational style.
  • For some reason, the informality and conversational tone of this forum doesn't bother me as much.
British Dictionary definitions for conversational


of, using, or in the manner of conversation
inclined to or skilled in conversation; conversable
Derived Forms
conversationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conversational

1779, from conversation + -al (1).

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