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"conventional" in British English

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conventionaladjective

uk   us   /kənˈven.ʃən.əl/
B2 traditional and ​ordinary: conventional ​behaviour/​attitudes/​clothes conventional ​medicine/​farming a conventional ​weddingdisapproving I ​find his ​artdull and conventional. used to refer to ​weapons that are not ​nuclear, or to ​methods of ​fighting a ​war that do not ​involvenuclearweapons: conventional ​weapons/​bombs

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conventionality
noun [U] uk   /kənˌven.ʃənˈæl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/
conventionally
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(Definition of conventional from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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conventionaladjective

 us   /kənˈven·ʃə·nəl/
following the ​usualpractices of the past: We were ​raised in a conventional, middle-class ​family. It’s a conventional hot-water ​heater (= of the ​usualtype). Conventional ​weapons are not ​nuclear.
conventionally
adverb  us   /kənˈven·ʃə·nəl·i/
He was conventionally ​dressed in ​suit and ​tie.
(Definition of conventional from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"conventional" in Business English

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conventionaladjective

uk   us   /kənˈvenʃənəl/
relating to ​accepted or traditional ways of doing something: conventional ​accounting/​businesspractices/​methods It is ​estimated that over one-third of ​sub-prime borrowers could have ​qualified for ​cheaper, conventional ​loans.
conventional wisdom opinions or ​theories that have existed for a ​longtime and that most ​peopleagree with: The ​bookchallenges the conventional wisdom that ​companies are ​engaged in a "​war" for ​talent.
(Definition of conventional from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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