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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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Second, in section 2, I show that, as far as we can tell from our sources, metacultural uses of wen referring to the abstract concept of 'ideal patterns in conventionalized behavior' (e.g., Lunyu 9.5 discussed above) emerged in the Zhanguo period.
Even if Alber challenges the more established sense of postmodernism as a reaction to and move away from the strategies of modernism, how does his definition of the postmodern address the historical contingency of these strategies, other than by the observation that they often occur after their conventionalized predecessors (though not always; see, for instance, Harry Potter)?
Another example of the phrasal construction of lexical units is that in many European languages NPs consisting of a bare adjective and a noun are used as conventionalized names for entities that have to be stored:
We next investigated the age-dependency of FGA1 synthesis during the microbial association process by examining [alpha](1-2) asialo GM1 fucosyl-transferase (FT) activity35) in mice that were conventionalized at different ages by treatment with adult mouse feces.
A similarly conventionalized and relatively jocose response to the march of intellect dominates the most extended poem on the subject, W.
While the access to low-level models yields implicated meaning, the activation of high-level models produces illocutionary meaning, which can become conventionalized and associated with a constructional characterization (Ruiz de Mendoza and Gonzalvez-Garcia 2011).
Unlike the psychological portraits of the naive, misperceiving subject common to literary realism and naturalism, Wolf's characters speak ironically and self-analytically of their own tendencies to "read through conventionalized eyes" (13).
Meaning derivation takes place at the four levels in the form of inference or conventionalized constructions.
The qualities of organics are not as easily conventionalized into commodities (i.e., mass produced, homogenous products).
The point is that any metaphor or image in time becomes conventionalized, and so ceases to convey any real concrete meaning.
a) the degree of probability of a multi-word-item is measured in relation with its degree of institutionalization (conventionalized multi-word item); b) the degree of fixedness of the set phrase is also measured in relation to its grammatical restrictions; c) finally, the degree to which the meaning of the set phrase can or cannot be derived from the meaning of its constituent parts is also measured (non-compositionality--meaning is not interpreted on a word-by-word basis) (Iglesias-Rabade 2001: 129-130).
Their topics include whether English in Cyprus is second-language or learner, studying structural innovations in New English varieties, interrogative inversion as a learner phenomenon in English contact varieties, typological profiling of learner English versus indigenized second-language varieties of English, and a principled distinction between error and conventionalized innovation in African Englishes.