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Of or relating to a convent.
1. A member of a convent.
2. Conventual A member of a branch of the Franciscan order that permits the accumulation and possession of common property.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin conventuālis, from conventus, convent; see convent.]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) of, belonging to, or characteristic of a convent
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of a convent
conˈventually adv


(kənˈvɛn tʃu əl)

1. of, belonging to, or characteristic of a convent.
2. a member of a convent or monastery.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin conventuālis= Latin conventu-, s. of conventus convent + -ālis -al1]
con•ven′tu•al•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.conventual - of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vowsconventual - of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
unworldly - not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations; "was unworldly and did not greatly miss worldly rewards"- Sheldon Cheney
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Chapter 2 details the distinction between Conventuals and Observants.
The Northern Italian Dominicans were initially attached to three provinces: the Conventuals in the Provinces of St.
But we may also ask fairly whether the rise of the Conventuals was more result than cause, whether indeed the magnetism of money was finally too strong even for Franciscan piety wholly to resist.
41) The Capuchins were created in Italy in 1525, as a third branch of the Franciscan order that already included Observants and Conventuals, differing from each other as regards the ideal of poverty.
Eventually there ensued the famous split between the Spiritual Franciscans and the conventuals regarding absolute poverty.
Petrarch, named |Franciscus', shares the prophetic ideals of the Franciscan movement: hence he meets Laura in the church of St Clare; her burial in the church of the friars minor, conventuals who persecuted the |Spirituals', marks the destruction of the poet's hopes for reform in the Church.
Montpellier, the site of chapter 3, was a refuge for those evaders, and Beguins' wide support there is illustrated by Peire de Tornamira--priest, Beguin, and member of a prominent urban family--and by one Lady Gaucelina's mysterious property sale, theorized here as proving that patronage reached beyond known Beguins and even to local Conventuals.
Finally, they wanted to bring in a religious order from Krakow, Poland--the Franciscan Conventuals which would supply a priest.
And Observants felt even more str ongly than did the conventuals, the tension between learning and the "humility and simplicity" thought to be at the heart of the Franciscan mission.
He left the Conventuals, linked with a noncanonical order, and ran his seven miles a day.
The priest prized the manuscript, even recommending it to his fellow conventuals decades later, (2) and included its primary tropes of courtly love mysticism (Minnemystik) as an essential part of many of his writings on the active, interior, and contemplative ways to mystical union.
For example, the varied interests of the conventuals and regulars are distinguished, and how a man rose through the academic and administrative ranks is illustrated as we follow Silvestro as a kind of case study.