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 for conventional
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Conventional \Con*ven"tion*al\, a. [L. conventionalis: cf. F.
     1. Formed by agreement or compact; stipulated.
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              Conventional services reserved by tenures upon
              grants, made out of the crown or knights' service.
                                                    --Sir M. Hale.
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     2. Growing out of, or depending on, custom or tacit
        agreement; sanctioned by general concurrence or usage;
        formal. "Conventional decorum." --Whewell.
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              The conventional language appropriated to monarchs.
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              The ordinary salutations, and other points of social
              behavior, are conventional.           --Latham.
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     3. (Fine Arts)
        (a) Based upon tradition, whether religious and historical
            or of artistic rules.
        (b) Abstracted; removed from close representation of
            nature by the deliberate selection of what is to be
            represented and what is to be rejected; as, a
            conventional flower; a conventional shell. Cf.
            Conventionalize, v. t.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: following accepted customs and proprieties; "conventional
             wisdom"; "she had strayed from the path of conventional
             behavior"; "conventional forms of address" [ant:
      2: conforming with accepted standards; "a conventional view of
         the world" [syn: conventional, established]
      3: (weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is
         not nuclear energy; "conventional warfare"; "conventional
         weapons" [ant: atomic, nuclear]
      4: unimaginative and conformist; "conventional bourgeois lives";
         "conventional attitudes" [ant: unconventional]
      5: represented in simplified or symbolic form [syn:
         conventional, formal, schematic]
      6: in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from
         the past; "a conventional church wedding with the bride in
         traditional white"; "the conventional handshake"
      7: rigidly formal or bound by convention; "their ceremonious
         greetings did not seem heartfelt" [syn: ceremonious,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  160 Moby Thesaurus words for "conventional":
     Christian, accepted, accordant, accustomed, acknowledged, admitted,
     agreed, anal, approved, authentic, authoritative, average,
     being done, bourgeois, button-down, canonical, ceremonial,
     ceremonious, comme il faut, common, commonplace, compulsive,
     concordant, conformable, conformist, conscientious, conservative,
     constrained, consuetudinary, contractual, correct, corresponding,
     covenantal, current, customary, de rigueur, decent, decorous,
     established, evangelical, everyday, faithful, familiar, fastidious,
     firm, fixed, folk, formal, formalistic, garden, garden-variety,
     generally accepted, habitual, hallowed, handed down, harmonious,
     heroic, hieratic, hoary, household, immemorial, in accord,
     in keeping, in line, in step, inveterate, kosher, legendary,
     literal, liturgic, long-established, long-standing, meet,
     middle-class, moderate, mythological, naive, natural, nice,
     no great shakes, normal, normative, obtaining, of long standing,
     of the faith, of the folk, old hat, old-fashioned, oral, ordinary,
     orthodox, orthodoxical, pedantic, plastic, pompous, popular,
     precise, precisianistic, predominating, prescribed, prescriptive,
     prevailing, prevalent, proper, punctilious, reactionary, received,
     recognized, regular, regulation, reliable, responsible, right,
     ritual, ritualistic, rooted, run-of-mine, run-of-the-mill,
     sacerdotal, scriptural, scrupulous, seemly, set, simple, sober,
     solemn, sound, square, standard, stately, stock, stodgy, straight,
     stuffy, suburban, temperate, textual, time-honored, traditional,
     traditionalist, traditionalistic, tried and true, true, true-blue,
     understood, unexceptional, universal, unnoteworthy, unremarkable,
     unsophisticated, unspectacular, unwritten, uptight, usual,
     venerable, vernacular, well-mannered, widespread, wonted,

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