(noun, adjective)


1. following accepted customs and proprieties

- conventional wisdom

- she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior

- conventional forms of address

Similar word(s): received, customary, formulaic, stodgy, stuffy, formal, unoriginal

2. conforming with accepted standards

- a conventional view of the world

Similar word(s): orthodox, established

3. (weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy

- conventional warfare

- conventional weapons

4. unimaginative and conformist

- conventional bourgeois lives

- conventional attitudes

Similar word(s): conservative, square, straight, stereotyped, stereotypic, stereotypical, unimaginative

5. represented in simplified or symbolic form

Similar word(s): nonrepresentational, formal, schematic

6. in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past

- a conventional church wedding with the bride in traditional white

- the conventional handshake

Similar word(s): traditional

7. rigidly formal or bound by convention

Similar word(s): formal, ceremonious

Sentences with conventional as an adjective:

- They wear conventional clothes, eat conventional food, and keep conventional hours.


1. (finance) A conventional gilt-edged security, a kind of bond paying the holder a fixed cash payment (or coupon) every six months until maturity, at which point the holder receives the final payment and the return of the principal.