convention
noun
1 way sth is done
ADJECTIVE
accepted, established, long-standing, old, traditional, well-established

It's an established convention that the part is played by a woman.

normal, standard, usual
polite (esp. BrE)

Her work refuses any concession to polite conventions of ‘good taste’.

arbitrary
rigid, strict
cultural, legal, social

the rigid social conventions of Victorian Britain

artistic, cinematic, comic, dramatic, journalistic, literary, narrative, operatic, poetic

The novel refuses to conform to the narrative conventions of 19th-century realism.

orthographic, rhetorical, spelling
… OF CONVENTIONS
set
VERB + CONVENTION
adhere to, conform to, follow, keep to, observe

They followed the Greek convention of pinning gifts of money to the bride's dress.

break, break with, buck, challenge, defy, flout, subvert

She knew that she had broken an important social convention.

He challenged the conventions of painting.

No young politician can afford to flout convention in this way.

CONVENTION + VERB
demand sth, dictate sth

Convention dictated that dangerous physical action is the part of heroes, not heroines.

PREPOSITION
according to convention, by convention

By convention, planets are named after Roman gods.

PHRASES
a break with convention

In a surprising break with convention, she wore a red wedding dress.

a matter of convention
2 conference
ADJECTIVE
annual
international, national, state (AmE)
Democratic, Republican, etc.
constitutional, nominating (AmE), party, political, presidential

A constitutional convention was elected to try to agree on a new form of government.

VERB + CONVENTION
have, hold, host
arrange, organize, plan
attend, go to
address

He addressed the annual Republican convention.

CONVENTION + VERB
take place
CONVENTION + NOUN
centre/center, hall (AmE)
floor (AmE)

journalists reporting from the convention floor

attendee (AmE), chair, chairman, delegate, organizer, speaker
city, hotel

Dallas is one of the top convention cities in the United States.

PREPOSITION
at a/the convention

She was at the Democratic convention.

PHRASES
delegates to a convention
3 international agreement
ADJECTIVE
global, international
European, UN, etc.
climate, human rights, etc.
draft
VERB + CONVENTION
adopt, ratify, sign

Over 60 countries have yet to ratify the climate convention.

adhere to, comply with

Most countries have adhered to the convention.

breach, violate

This practice breaches the arms convention.

CONVENTION + VERB
apply, govern sth

a convention governing the conditions under which mining is permitted

establish sth

The convention established procedures for the transport of toxic waste.

ban sth
PREPOSITION
under a/the convention

This is forbidden under the Convention on Human Rights.

convention against

the UN convention against torture

convention between

the 1869 convention between Turkey and Persia

convention for

the Berne Convention for the Conservation of European Wildlife

convention on

the 1951 United Nations Convention on refugees

PHRASES
a breach of a convention

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  • convention — [ kɔ̃vɑ̃sjɔ̃ ] n. f. • av. 1350; convencion 1268; lat. conventio, de venire « venir » I ♦ 1 ♦ Dr. Accord de deux ou plusieurs personnes portant sur un fait précis. ⇒ arrangement, compromis, contrat, engagement, entente, marché, pacte, traité.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • convention — con‧ven‧tion [kənˈvenʆn] noun 1. [countable, uncountable] behaviour and attitudes that most people in a society believe to be normal and right 2. [countable] a formal agreement, especially between countries, about rules for an activity such as… …   Financial and business terms

  • Convention — 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. [1913 Webster] The conventions or associations of several particles of matter into bodies of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Convention — may refer to: Treaty, an agreement in international law Convention (meeting), a large gathering of people who share a common interest Political convention, a formal gathering of people for political purposes Fan convention, a gathering of fans of …   Wikipedia

  • convention — con·ven·tion n 1: an agreement between nations for regulation of matters affecting all of them 2: an agreement enforceable in law: contract 3: an assembly of persons met for a common purpose; esp: a meeting of the delegates of a political party… …   Law dictionary

  • convention — CONVENTION. subs. f. Accord, pacte, que deux ou plusieurs personnes font ensemble. Convention tacite, expresse, verbale, par écrit. Ils ont fait une convention entre eux, que celui.... La convention étoit que .... Je tiens la convention. Je m en… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • convention — Convention. s. f. Accord, pacte, que deux ou plusieurs personnes font ensemble. Convention tacite, expresse, verbale, par escrit. ils ont fait une convention entre eux que celuy &c. la convention estoit que &c. je me tiens à la convention. On dit …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • convention — [kən ven′shən] n. [ME convencioun < L conventio < pp. of convenire,CONVENE] 1. Rare a convening or being convened 2. a) an assembly, often periodical, of members or delegates, as of a political, social, professional, or religious group b)… …   English World dictionary

  • convention — [n1] conference assemblage, assembly, clambake, confab*, congress, convocation, council, delegates, delegation, get together, meet*, meeting, members, powwow*, rally, representatives, show; concepts 114,324,417 convention [n2] practice, tradition …   New thesaurus

  • convention T — Convention or principle laid down by Tarski as a ‘material adequacy condition’ governing the enterprise of giving a definition of the truth predicate for a language. A theory satisfies the requirement only if every instance of the schema ‘S is… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • convention — (n.) early 15c., agreement, from M.Fr. convention and directly from L. conventionem (nom. conventio) meeting, assembly, covenant, from convent , pp. stem of convenire (see CONVENE (Cf. convene)) …   Etymology dictionary

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