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1  —as in:
to convene
Definition a large conference or meeting
  • She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
convention = large conference or meeting
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The council convened last week.
  • convened = met or gathered
  • Hotel rooms are expensive that week because so many people are attending a big convention.
  • convention = large conference or meeting
  • Algernon and I were presented to the American Psychological Association sitting in convention with the World Psychological Association last Tuesday.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • convention = a large gathering
  • He was from Abbottsville; we saw him only when court convened, and that rarely, for court was of no special interest to Jem and me.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • convened = comes together to meet
  • When the Louisiana State Constitutional Convention was in session, I wrote an open letter to that body pleading for justice for the race.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • convention = large conference or meeting
  • THE NEXT MORNING, PERCY, HAZEL, AND FRANK ate breakfast early, then headed into the city before the senate was due to convene.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • convene = gather for a meeting
  • One wall was covered with T-shirts from different conventions—PARTY PONIES '09 VEGAS, PARTY PONIES '10 HONOLULU, et cetera.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • conventions = large conferences or meetings
  • But, while attending an anti-slavery convention at Nantucket, on the 11th of August, 1841, I felt strongly moved to speak,
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • convention = large conference or meeting
  • Poseidon strode over to his fishing seat, and the Olympian Council convened.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
convened = began the meeting

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2  —as in:
conventional behavior
Definition something regarded as normal or typical
  • It was once conventional wisdom that the earth is flat.
conventional = normal
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In most countries, the convention is to shake the head to indicate "no", but in Bulgaria that indicates "yes".
  • convention = something considered normal
  • They were inclined to dislike her because she is unconventional.
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconventional means not and reverses the meaning of conventional. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • It is conventional wisdom.
  • I observe the convention of not arriving early as a dinner guest.
  • ...where 135,000 people died as the result of an at attack with conventional weapons.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • conventional = normal or typical
  • The devil take all conventions, they were made for other times;
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • conventions = behaviors regarded as normal
  • 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
  • conventional = normal or typical
  • Why, I wondered, did I need three spoons? Why were there multiple butter knives? Then I recalled a scene from a movie and realized there was some social convention surrounding the placement and size of the cutlery.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • convention = normally acceptable behavior
  • He was conventional in all the ways and for all the reasons my father despised conventionality: he talked about football and popular bands more than the End of Days; he loved everything about high school; he went to church, but like most Mormons, if he was ill, he was as likely to call a doctor as a Mormon priest.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
conventional = normal

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3  —as in:
The Geneva Convention
Definition a written international agreement
  • The European Convention on Human Rights binds about 50 European countries.
convention = written international agreement
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The country has signed the United Nations Convention against Torture.
  • convention = written international agreement
  • Dragon breeding was outlawed by the Warlocks' Convention of 1709, everyone knows that.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • convention = a written international agreement
  • I knew nothing about the Geneva Convention.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • convention = an international agreement
  • By the way, if anyone should dare to utter the words Geneva Convention while I'm writing this, I might more or less lose control.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • convention = an international agreement
  • It doesn't sound like much, but it is clearly a form of torture that should be outlawed by the Geneva Convention, even for use on SEALs.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • convention = an international agreement
  • Though this violated the Geneva Convention's prohibition on forcing officers to labor, Fitzgerald now knew what life in camp with the Bird was like.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • convention = an international agreement
  • The only aspect of the Geneva Convention that the Japanese sometimes respected was the prohibition on forcing officers to work.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • convention = an international agreement
  • Virtually nothing about Japan's use of POWs was in keeping with the Geneva Convention.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • convention = an international agreement
  • The 1929 Geneva Convention, which Japan had signed but never ratified, permitted detaining powers to use POWs for labor, with restrictions.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
convention = an international agreement

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