Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


An agreement or compact, particularly an international agreement, such as the geneva convention. An accord between states or nations, which resembles a treaty: ordinarily applied to agreements prior to an execution of an official treaty or which serve as its foundation; or to international agreements for the regulation of international affairs of common interest not within the ambit of commercial transactions or politics, such as international postage. An agreement between states concerning finance, trade, or other matters considered less significant than those usually governed by a treaty. An assembly or meeting of representatives or members of legislative, political, or fraternal organizations.

A constitutional convention is an assembly of representatives or delegates of the people of a state or nation, convened for the purpose of framing, altering, or amending its constitution. Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides that a constitutional convention may be convoked on application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the states.

A judicial convention is an assembly of judges of the superior courts (courts of general jurisdiction), empowered in some states to meet during specified periods to adopt uniform rules of practice. The powers of the convention are restricted to making necessary rules that conform to the provisions of the relevant statute. Revision or abrogation of any rule of practice established by statute is prohibited.

A legislative convention is a congregation of representatives or delegates selected by the people for extraordinary and special legislative objectives, such as the framing or alteration of a state constitution.

A political convention is an assembly of delegates designated by a political party to nominate candidates for a pending election.

See: agreement, assemblage, assembly, bargain, caucus, collection, compact, company, conference, conformity, congregation, constant, contract, covenant, custom, decorum, formality, habit, meeting, mode, pact, parley, prescription, propriety, rubric, session, stipulation, treaty, usage

CONVENTION, contracts, civil law. A general term which comprehends all kinds of contracts, treaties, pacts, or agreements. It is defined to be the consent of two or more persons to form with each other an engagement, or to dissolve or change one which they had previously formed. Domat, Lois Civ. 1. 1, t. 1, s. 1 Dig. lib. 2, t. 14, 1. 1 Lib. 1, t. 1, 1. 1, 4 and 5; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 100.

CONVENTION, legislation. This term is applied to a selecting of the delegates elected by the people for other purposes than usual legislation. It is mostly used to denote all assembly to make or amend the constitution of, a state, but it sometimes indicates an assembly of the delegates of the people to nominate officers to be supported at an election.

References in classic literature ?
As a nation we have made peace and war; as a nation we have vanquished our common enemies; as a nation we have formed alliances, and made treaties, and entered into various compacts and conventions with foreign states.
to enact an amendment, but no convention has ever been called.
Yet, the convention method has not been employed either to enact
It was not until December 24, 1969, after being ratified by President Richard Nixon upon the advice and consent of the Senate, that the Vienna Convention became enforceable in the United States.
By 1910, Southern Baptists had gone far toward developing a theology, an ethic, a method, and a polity for undertaking denomination-wide stewardship, all on the basis of congregational autonomy, voluntarism, the priesthood of all believers, and cooperation among all the workers, including clergy and laity, congregations, associations, mission boards, auxiliary fund-raising organizations, state conventions, and the Southern Baptist Convention.
Details of the credentialing process are mailed to DAV Departments and Chapters and Auxiliary State Departments and Units well in advance of the National Convention.
The Convention Preview, containing detailed information and convention and hotel registration forms, has been mailed to every League.
It is my hope that during our convention you will encounter many opportunities to learn training methods designed to produce success through those freedoms.
The city can now proceed with the $270 million financing package for AEG Entertainment, which plans to build a 56-story hotel and entertainment complex near the Convention Center - a project expected to result in more than $5 billion in new construction and jobs for the city.
A thoughtfully-planned convention center can have a tremendous positive impact on a city or entire region.
Peters brings this largely forgotten event delightfully to life with details plucked from archives, his own memory of the times, and a persuasive, How-the-Irish-Saved-Civilization-style argument that the convention was a pivotal moment in world history.
The last New Orleans convention was the largest attendance [up to that time] in ISRI history," Carr says.