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conventional

adjective     /kənˈven.ʃən.əl/
B2 traditional and ordinary: conventional behaviour/attitudes/clothes conventional medicine/farming a conventional weddingdisapproving I find his art rather dull and conventional. → Opposite unconventionalCustom, tradition and conformity describes weapons that are not nuclear, or methods of fighting a war that do not involve nuclear weapons: conventional weapons/bombsArms and munitions in general conventionality     /kənˌven.ʃənˈæl.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/ noun [U] Custom, tradition and conformity conventionally     /-i/ adverb Custom, tradition and conformity
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