convention
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /kənˈvɛn.ʃən/, /ˈkɒnˌvɛn.ʃən/
Noun

convention (plural conventions)

  1. A meeting or gathering.
    The convention was held in Geneva.
  2. A formal deliberative assembly of mandated delegates.
    The EU installed an inter-institutional Convention to draft a European constitution.
  3. The convening of a formal meeting.
  4. A formal agreement, contract or pact.
  5. (international law) A treaty or supplement to such.
    The Vienna convention at the Vienna Congress (1814-15) standardized most of diplomatic conduct for generations.
  6. A practice or procedure widely observed in a group, especially to facilitate social interaction; a custom.
    • In order to account for this, we might propose to make the Prepositional Phrase an optional constituent of the Verb Phrase: this we could do by re-
      placing rule (28) (ii) by rule (40) below:
      (40)      VP → V AP (PP)
      (Note that a constituent in parentheses is, by convention, taken to be
      optional.)
    Table seatings are generally determined by tacit convention, not binding formal protocol.
    The convention of driving on the right is reinforced by law.
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