2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Convention \Con*ven"tion\, noun [L. conventio: cf. F. convention. See {Convene}, verb (used without an object)]

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a large formal assembly; "political convention"

2: 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" [syn: {convention}, {normal}, {pattern}, {rule}, {formula}]

3: (diplomacy) an international agreement

4: orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional [syn: {conventionality}, {convention}, {conventionalism}] [ant: {unconventionality}]

5: the act of convening [syn: {convention}, {convening}]

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