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conventional (adj) usual; normal.

A thing that is conventional is usual, normal; nothing extraordinary or exciting about it. A conventional story is a usual story with nothing new about it. Conventional weapons are weapons that have been in use for a long time, unlike nuclear weapons and remote controlled weapons which are the inventions of the modern times. Conventional fuels are coal, gasoline, etc.. Anything conventional follows a set pattern and does not deviate from the usual.

  • The wars fought with conventional weapons affected only the soldiers, and those for whom they fought, but the advanced weaponry of the modern times is capable of large-scale damage to the life and property of even those unconnected with a war.
  • Conventional education, most educationists feel, does not prepare a person for life. The person so educated, they argue, has knowledge derived only from books and the class rooms, which do not help the student understand real-life situations.
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