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convention

noun
 
 
/kənˈvenʃən/
[C] MEETINGS a large, formal meeting of people who work in the same industry or belong to the same organization or profession: a convention of shopping center developershold/host a convention Madrid will host next year's convention.go to/attend a convention Over 2,000 people attended the convention in Philadelphia.
[C] GOVERNMENT an official agreement between governments that makes rules relating to a particular activity: convention on sth the European Convention on Human Rightssign/ratify a convention One hundred and twenty countries signed a convention banning the use of the pesticides.
[C or U] the accepted or traditional method of doing something, or an example of doing something in the traditional way: Bureaucracy and corporate convention can be an obstacle when facing new business challenges. Unwritten conventions do not have the same value as signed agreements.
(Definition of convention from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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