convention - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a way of behaving that is generally accepted as being normal and right

    the rules and conventions of the House of Commons

    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

      Her later novels abandon the narrative conventions of 19th-century fiction.

  2. 2
    [countable] a formal agreement between governments of different countries about how they should behave towards each other or towards the people in their country

    The government’s action may violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

    Most European countries have signed up to the Geneva Convention.

  3. 3
    [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