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con·ven·tion·al / kənˈvenchənl/ • adj. based on or in accordance with what is generally done or believed: a conventional morality. ∎  (of a person) concerned with what is generally held to be acceptable at the expense of individuality and sincerity. ∎  (of a work of art or literature) following traditional forms and genres: conventional love poetry. ∎  (of weapons or power) nonnuclear. ∎  Bridge (of a bid) intended to convey a particular meaning according to an agreed upon convention.Often contrasted with natural.DERIVATIVES: con·ven·tion·al·ism / -ˌizəm/ n.con·ven·tion·al·ist / -ist/ n.con·ven·tion·al·i·ty / -ˌvenchəˈnalitē/ n.con·ven·tion·al·ize / -ˌīz/ v.con·ven·tion·al·ly adv.


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Derived from or contingent upon the mutual agreement of the parties, as opposed to that created by or dependent upon a statute or other act of the law.

A conventional home mortgage is one in which the interest rate is agreed upon by the parties to it: the borrower and the lender.

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