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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.
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In approaching this task, we might begin with the four schools of moral philosophy distinguished earlier: utilitarian, virtue ethics, deontological, and conventionalist. But instead of treating them as competing accounts of morality, each complete in and of itself, we might instead take them as different types of normativity, which are relatively autonomous from one another conceptually but often intertwined in reality.
(9) On such criticism of a conventionalist concept of the meaning of works, see, for instance, Hirsch, Validity in Interpretation 42-3; Tolhurst, "On What a Text Is" 4-5; Stecker, "Apparent, Implied, and Postulated Authors" 261-2; and Levinson, "Intention and Interpretation" 247.
In The Logic of Scientific Discovery, the choice between such aims was left, by Popper, as a matter of decision--just because he saw that it was quite possible for someone to espouse a conventionalist view of knowledge (that is, it could be done without inconsistency), which contrasted with his own preferred approach (which might be called aspirational realism: that science should aim for realist knowledge about the world).
Originalists might object that original meaning would be a more effective focal point than the permissive conventionalist understanding of the text.
A great deal of the culture of Campus Conventionalist logic is concerned with power.
In sum, I am not persuaded by any of Professor Merrill's normative arguments that we should be conventionalists rather than textualists or originalists in constitutional interpretation.
In conventionalist terms, this history illustrates two technologies--one medical and one social--co-evolving.
At the outset, it must be conceded that the conventionalists do not explicitly extend their view to the issue of remedies for negligence.
He is too caught up in polemical skirmishes (between conventionalists and anticonventionalists) that are surely of only passing interest.
When Lovecraft's protagonists recoil from the terrible truths they have stumbled upon, they stand for the affronted conventionalists and religious believers who still balk at the revelations of Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud.
To conventionalists like the author, the immediate cause is presumably incompetent experimental technique.
I fear that the body-mind is more subtle and complex than we conventionalists were trained to believe.