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- Pertaining to a convention, as in following generally accepted principles, methods and behaviour.
2013 June 1, “Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):
- A “moving platform” scheme […] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. Local trains would use side-by-side rails to roll alongside intercity trains and allow passengers to switch trains by stepping through docking bays.
- Ordinary, commonplace.
- They wear conventional clothes, eat conventional food, and keep conventional hours.
1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- Mother […] considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, from which every Kensingtonian held aloof, except on the conventional tip-and-run excursions in pursuit of shopping, tea and theatres.
- 1980, Carl Sagan, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,
- The history of our study of our solar system shows us clearly that accepted and conventional ideas are often wrong, and that fundamental insights can arise from the most unexpected sources.
- Banal, trite, hackneyed, unoriginal or clichéd.
- ("pertaining to a convention"): atypical, out of the ordinary, unconventional
- ("ordinary"): imaginative
following an accepted principle
conventional (plural conventionals)