The term “convention” has several meanings and the meaning of this term depends of the context, it which it is used.

Due to this fact, there can be listed of a few definitions of the term “convention”.

According to the Chambers dictionary (online), a convention is a noun that can describe firstly, a large and formal conference or assembly; secondly, a formal treaty or agreement; thirdly, a custom or generally accepted practice, especially in social behaviour, and fourthly, a meeting of delegates from one party to nominate a candidate for office in US politics.

Additionally, the Chambers dictionary mentions that the term “convention” has its origins in Latin, where the term “conventio” meant meeting or agreement.

In our context, the term convention rather stands for an accepted usage, especially as a standard of procedure, or a method or practice established by usage.


Convention, in: Chambers, URL: (page consulted: 4.3.2016).

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