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as in: conventional behavior Define
something regarded as normal or typical
  • Think how much better you can criticize conventional customs if you yourself live up to them, scrupulously.

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  • It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
  • In most countries, the convention is to shake the head to indicate "no", but in Bulgaria that indicates "yes".

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  • Beavers, human Beavers, were everywhere: thirty-second degree Beavers in gray sack suits and decent derbies, more flippant Beavers in crash summer coats and straw hats, rustic Beavers in shirt sleeves and frayed suspenders; but whatever his caste-symbols, every Beaver was distinguished by an enormous shrimp-colored ribbon lettered in silver, "Sir Knight and Brother, U. F. O. B., Annual State Convention."
  • Every year Kennicott had talked of attending the American Medical Association convention, "and then afterwards we could do the East up brown.

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  • Toward the end of July he proposed, "Say, the Beavers are holding a convention in Joralemon, street fair and everything.

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as in: to convene Define
a large conference or meeting
as in: conventional behavior Define
something regarded as normal or typical
as in: The Geneva Convention Define
a written international agreement
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