Definitions for: Convention


[n] the act of convening
[n] orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional
[n] something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
[n] (diplomacy) an international agreement
[n] a large formal assembly; "political convention"



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*ven"tion, n. [L. conventio: cf. F. convention.
See Convene, v. i.]
1. The act of coming together; the state of being together;
union; coalition.

The conventions or associations of several particles
of matter into bodies of any certain denomination.
--Boyle.

2. General agreement or concurrence; arbitrary custom; usage;
conventionality.

There are thousands now Such women, but convention
beats them down. --Tennyson.

3. A meeting or an assembly of persons, esp. of delegates or
representatives, to accomplish some specific object, --
civil, social, political, or ecclesiastical.

He set himself to the making of good laws in a grand
convention of his nobles. --Sir R.
Baker.

A convention of delegates from all the States, to
meet in Philadelphia, for the sole and express
purpose of reserving the federal system, and
correcting its defects. --W. Irving.

4. (Eng. Hist) An extraordinary assembly of the parkiament or
estates of the realm, held without the king's writ, -- as
the assembly which restored Charles II. to the throne, and
that which declared the throne to be abdicated by James
II.

Our gratitude is due . . . to the Long Parliament,
to the Convention, and to William of Orange.
--Macaulay.

5. An agreement or contract less formal than, or preliminary
to, a treaty; an informal compact, as between commanders
of armies in respect to suspension of hostilities, or
between states; also, a formal agreement between
governments or sovereign powers; as, a postal convention
between two governments.

This convention, I think from my soul, is nothing
but a stipulation for national ignominy; a truce
without a suspension of hostilities. --Ld. Chatham.

The convention with the State of Georgia has been
ratified by their Legislature. --T.
Jefferson.

Synonyms: convening, conventionalism, conventionality, formula, normal, pattern, rule

Antonyms: unconventionality

See Also: accord, assemblage, assembly, code of behavior, code of conduct, conformity, Constitutional Convention, gathering, Geneva convention, meeting, mores, orthodoxy, ossification, pact, practice, treaty

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