(redirected from conventionalist)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


Derived from or contingent upon the mutual agreement of the parties, as opposed to that created by or dependent upon a statute or other act of the law.

A conventional home mortgage is one in which the interest rate is agreed upon by the parties to it: the borrower and the lender.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

HEIR, CONVENTIONAL, civil law. A conventional heir is one who takes a succession by virtue of a contract; for example, a marriage contract, which entitles the heir to the succession.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in periodicals archive ?
It is sometimes objected that the conventionalist justification is too cold-blooded: It seems to reduce the Constitution from being a quasi-sacred document, the product of the Framers' genius, to being a desiccated focal point.
Dasenbrock does show that Fish's invocation of philosophy in support of his conventionalist position has much less merit than one might initially think.
To conventionalists like the author, the immediate cause is presumably incompetent experimental technique.
Absent this "thick" agreement, Walzer is led, ineluctably, back to his original conventionalist position.
(35.) More needs to be said about the modal conventionalist theme in magical anti-realism.
Although realism is broadly defined to encompass many things, Gosiorek contends that the poststructuralist critique of it undertaken by Catherine Belsey, Stephen Heath, and Colin MacCabe is wrong in attributing what he calls "conventionalist" features to "classic" realism.
For an explanation of the conventionalist constitutional theory I endorse, see Dripps, Akhil Amar on Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law: "Here I Go Down that Wrong Road Again," 74 N.
Although this work presents itself as a contest between "conventionalist" and "naturalist" accounts of language, Denyer urges that it be seen as largely an effort to discover which account can best accommodate the possibility of false statement (p.
Defying the many passages that illustrate Nietzsche's conventionalist, instrumentalist, and fictionalist anti-realism, Babich insists upon his "hyperrealism." But it seems that this 'realism' pertains to something like Lacan's (unexplicated) concept of "the Real" and presupposes an ontology of a "plurality of wills-to-power." Given her many critiques of the Nietzsche-readings of others, as well as an initial postmodernist slant, it is surprising that the idea of will-to-power is uncritically accepted as having ontological reference rather than considering the late Sarah Kofman's plausible suggestion that it may be metaphorical, a transference of a psychology of man to actuality.
Therefore, we cannot consistently and reliably make use of the economic or conventionalist idea of rationality.
Wheeler III recognizes in Davidson what he takes to be "an early lemma" of "deconstruction," namely "the rejection of a principled line between logic and rhetoric"; Shekhar Pradhan tries to recuperate a notion of language from Davidson's critique of conventionalist semantics; and David Gorman presents the debate that has developed over the last three decades between Davidson and Michael Dummett, endorsing Dummett's philosophy of language.
The conventionalist approach currently dominates antipositivist literary, cultural, and historical analysis in Europe and North America, and has fostered important contributions to theatre historiography.