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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  convention 
  n  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:  {normal},  {pattern},  {rule},  {formula}] 
  3:  (diplomacy)  an  international  agreement 
  4:  orthodoxy  as  a  consequence  of  being  conventional  [syn:  {conventionality}, 
  {conventionalism}]  [ant:  {unconventionality}] 
  5:  the  act  of  convening  [syn:  {convening}] 




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