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as in: to convene Define
a large conference or meeting
  • "Couldn’t you convene the Landsraad, expose —"
  • C.E.T. convened on a neutral island of Old Earth, spawning ground of the mother religions.

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  • She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
  • Hotel rooms are expensive that week because so many people are attending a big convention.

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as in: conventional behavior Define
something regarded as normal or typical
  • even that convention isn’t required.
  • Remember, we speak now of the Muad’Dib who ordered battle drums made from his enemies’ skins, the Muad’Dib who denied the conventions of his ducal past with a wave of the hand, saying merely: "I am the Kwisatz Haderach.

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  • "All else is most conventional," she said.
  • These ’thopters are fairly conventional," Hawat said.

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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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as in: The Geneva Convention Define
a written international agreement
  • Each rule of the Great convention begins: "The forms must be obeyed . . . "
  • And the Conventions, naturally, support him in this.

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  • The Great Convention be damned!

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  • The European Convention on Human Rights binds about 50 European countries.
  • The country has signed the United Nations Convention against Torture.

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  • No open defiance of the Convention.
  • He knew the actual no-holds-barred convention that ruled in kanly, but this was the sort of move that could destroy them even as it gave them victory.

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  • This is the glue of the Great Convention.
  • The language of the Great Convention is clear enough: ’Use of atomics against humans shall be cause for planetary obliteration.’
  • The delicacy of his position here, alone and dependent upon the Convention and the dictum familia of the Great Houses, fretted him.
  • You have violated the Convention, used atomics against —
  • Later expanded to include those deadly devices permitted under the Guild Peace and Great Convention.
  • DICTUM FAMILIA: that rule of the Great Convention which prohibits the slaying of a royal person or member of a Great House by informal treachery.
  • GREAT CONVENTION: the universal truce enforced under the power balance maintained by the Guild, the Great Houses, and the Imperium.
  • GUILD: the Spacing Guild, one leg of the political tripod maintaining the Great Convention.

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  • KANLY: formal feud or vendetta under the rules of the Great Convention carried on according to the strictest limitations.
  • WAR OF ASSASSINS: the limited form of warfare permitted under the Great Convention and the Guild Peace.
  • And he couched his words in the ancient formula: "I, a Duke of a Great House, an Imperial Kinsman, give my word of bond under the Convention.

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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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