Convention

Definition of Convention

Con`ven´tion
n.1.The act of coming together; the state of being together; union; coalition.
2.General agreement or concurrence; arbitrary custom; usage; conventionality.
There are thousands now
Such women, but convention beats them down.
- Tennyson.
3.A meeting or an assembly of persons, esp. of delegates or representatives, to accomplish some specific object, - civil, social, political, or ecclesiastical.
He set himself to the making of good laws in a grand convention of his nobles.
- Sir R. Baker.
A convention of delegates from all the States, to meet in Philadelphia, for the sole and express purpose of reserving the federal system, and correcting its defects.
- W. Irving.
4.(Eng. Hist) An extraordinary assembly of the parkiament or estates of the realm, held without the king's writ, - as the assembly which restored Charles II. to the throne, and that which declared the throne to be abdicated by James II.
Our gratitude is due . . . to the Long Parliament, to the Convention, and to William of Orange.
- Macaulay.
5.An agreement or contract less formal than, or preliminary to, a treaty; an informal compact, as between commanders of armies in respect to suspension of hostilities, or between states; also, a formal agreement between governments or sovereign powers; as, a postal convention between two governments.
This convention, I think from my soul, is nothing but a stipulation for national ignominy; a truce without a suspension of hostilities.
- Ld. Chatham.
The convention with the State of Georgia has been ratified by their Legislature.
- T. Jefferson.

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