convention


convention
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 war or trade:

• The Berne convention requires its signatories to respect copyrights for the life of the author plus 50 years.

3. [countable] COMMERCE a large meeting of people who belong to the same profession or organization, or work in the same industry:

• Business was so bad that many dealers decided not to go to that year's National Automobile Dealers Association convention.

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convention UK US /kənˈvenʃən/ noun
[C] MEETINGS a large, formal meeting of people who work in the same industry or belong to the same organization or profession: »

a convention of shopping center developers

hold/host a convention »

Madrid will host next year's convention.

go to/attend a convention »

Over 2,000 people attended the convention in Philadelphia.

[C] GOVERNMENT an official agreement between governments that makes rules relating to a particular activity: convention on sth »

the European Convention on Human Rights

sign/ratify a convention »

One hundred and twenty countries signed a convention banning the use of the pesticides.

[C or U] the accepted or traditional method of doing something, or an example of doing something in the traditional way: »

Bureaucracy and corporate convention can be an obstacle when facing new business challenges.

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Unwritten conventions do not have the same value as signed agreements.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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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, 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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