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noun convention pronunciation in American English /kənˈvenʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a meeting that a lot of people belonging to a particular profession or organization go to in order to discuss things
    Chicago was chosen as the site for an international crime convention.
    the convention of the National Organization for Women
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a way of behaving that is generally accepted as being normal and right
    the rules and conventions of the House of Representatives
    She rebelled against convention and refused to marry.
    1. a.
      a way of writing, painting, etc. that is accepted as the usual or right way
      the conventions of Greek architecture
      Her later novels abandon the narrative conventions of 19th-century fiction.
  3. 3
    [countable] a formal agreement between governments of different countries about how they should behave toward each other or toward the people in their country
    The government’s action may violate the European Convention on Human Rights.


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