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convention
as in:  conventional behavior


It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
  something regarded as normal or typical
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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".
  • the convention of not arriving early to dinner
  • It is conventional wisdom.

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  • They were inclined to dislike her because she is unconventional.
  • The devil take all conventions, they were made for other times; here lies the carpenter Johann Lewandowski, a soldier shot to a cripple, and there is his wife; who knows when he will see her again?
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Among other things, he was rigorously conventional and had quickly accommodated himself to McGraw-Hill’s tidy, colorless and archconservative mold.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • ...where 135,000 people died as the result of an at attack with conventional weapons.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Cynthia always called Turtle by her more conventional name.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Safe, conventional, very correct.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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  • If we stayed back in a conventional defense, their running backs nickel-and-dimed us to death.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • Compared to conventional chickens, I was told, these organic birds have it pretty good.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • The conventional wisdom at the time held...
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He swung into the saddle on the sorrel, a conventional saddle with a horn.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • These were the ambitious youths of the race, at work with an earnestness that put to shame the conventional student life of most educational institutions.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • I wanted to get away from what I thought of as a very conventional small town and try my wings.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Conventional wisdom agrees that political fiction is not art;
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Nine o’clock was an early hour for a visit, but Selden had passed beyond all such conventional observances.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • ...she had managed to brush away the conventions and make him feel that to seek to be alone was the natural thing for two old friends who had so much to say to each other....
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • I became conventional.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Pedro, holding her much closer than convention allowed, took advantage of this unique opportunity to whisper in Tita’s ear:
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • The narrator is an undisguised convention of the play.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • even that convention isn’t required.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Our natives today produce criminals and prostitutes and drunkards, not because it is their nature to do so, but because their simple system of order and tradition and convention has been destroyed.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Then a perfect wave of emotion washed over him, carrying off with it a sediment of wisdom, of convention, of doubt, of honor.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • I do so hate these conventional phrases that everybody uses, don’t you?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • You are a conventional woman at heart.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Too conventional, for him. Finding a religion in Psychiatry is really for very ordinary patients.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • ...we must be conventional, Jack, or we are so cruelly, so vilely misunderstood.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • I don’t thoroughly understand the conventions of each tradition and...
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Hollis was still bucking convention and his own history.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • I asked my brother if Kelly was unconventionally beautiful.
    "No, she’s hot beautiful."
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • You have lived so long in the toil and heat that your senses are dulled, your souls are numbed; but realize once in your lives this world in which you dwell—tear off the rags of its customs and conventions—behold it as it is, in all its hideous nakedness!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I see it as a night scene by El Greco: a hundred houses, at once conventional and grotesque, crouching under a sullen, overhanging sky and a lustreless moon.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He analyzed my character, and he insisted on knowing what I disliked most about him ("You’re too conventional," I said).
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The mid-day meal had been duly eaten-but there had been no conventional formality about it.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Vera said conventionally: "I do hope it lasts-the weather, I mean."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • And Jurgis looked the fellow squarely in the eye, and so the fellow wasted no time in conventional protests, but read him the deed.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • A straightforward, conventional rape would have done less violation to her spirit and identity, she thought later, would have filled her with less horror and revulsion.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Add to this indwelling shame of the rape the unconventional, to say the least, the grotesque way she had been attacked—and the embarrassment she felt at having to tell Blackstock became nearly insupportable.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • His saliva had infected me with a strain of Finnegan Ramos Conventional Success Syndrome.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Ariana’s house is a twenty-minute walk, if you take the conventional route.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Also, why did they have all these explosives but no real conventional weapons?
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • If you choose me, you can have a marriage free of conventional restraints.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • He noted again how attractive she was, but today it struck him that her appeal lay more in an unfeigned openness than conventional good looks.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Each copper plate had a hole in its center, and though they were not shaped in the conventional way, they were undoubtedly keyholes.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She can roll on her own, thanks to her preference for a conventional chair over the electric kind.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • There’s no point in me trying to look conventional.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • They didn’t know what to make of this unconventional teenager any more than we had on the first day of school.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Half your nuclear charge at one end backed by a conventional explosive and the other half of your nuke fuel at the other end.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
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