convention

A convention is a meeting, usually of a particular group. Political parties, teachers, plumbers, gardeners, toymakers and computer designers all hold conventions.

In fact, lots of cities have built Convention Centers in hopes of attracting convention-goers. The best-known conventions happen every four years when the Democrats and Republicans meet to nominate presidential candidates. A convention can also be used to describe the normal or accepted way of doing things. It's the convention, for example, for your employer to give you a three-day weekend around the Fourth of July, even if it falls on a weekend.

Primary Meanings of convention

1.
n
the act of convening
2.
n
something regarded as a normative example
3.
n
(diplomacy) an international agreement
Full Definitions of convention
1

n the act of convening

Synonyms:
convening
Type of:
assemblage, assembly, gathering
the social act of assembling

n a large formal assembly

“political convention
Types:
Constitutional Convention
the convention of United States statesmen who drafted the United States Constitution in 1787
Type of:
group meeting, meeting
a formally arranged gathering
2

n something regarded as a normative example

“the convention of not naming the main character”
Synonyms:
formula, normal, pattern, rule
Types:
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mores
(sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group
code of behavior, code of conduct
a set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group
universal
a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings
courtly love
(Middle Ages) a highly conventionalized code of conduct for lovers
knight errantry
(Middle Ages) the code of conduct observed by a knight errant who is wandering in search of deeds of chivalry
protocol
code of correct conduct
Type of:
practice
knowledge of how something is usually done

n orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional

Synonyms:
conventionalism, conventionality
Antonyms:
unconventionality
unorthodoxy by virtue of being unconventional
Types:
conformity, ossification
hardened conventionality
Type of:
orthodoxy
the quality of being orthodox (especially in religion)
3

n (diplomacy) an international agreement

Examples:
Chemical Weapons Convention
a global treaty banning the production or acquisition or stockpiling or transfer or use of chemical weapons
Geneva Convention
an agreement first drawn up in Geneva in 1864 and later revised concerning the treatment of captured and wounded military personnel and civilians in wartime
Type of:
accord, pact, treaty
a written agreement between two states or sovereigns

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