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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.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) of, belonging to, or characteristic of a convent
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of a convent
conˈventually adv
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(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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References in classic literature ?
I had thought to see a tall, meagre, yellow, conventual image in black, with a close white cap, bandaged under the chin like a nun's head-gear; whereas, there stood by me a little and roundly formed woman, who might indeed be older than I, but was still young; she could not, I thought, be more than six or seven and twenty; she was as fair as a fair Englishwoman; she had no cap; her hair was nut-brown, and she wore it in curls; pretty her features were not, nor very soft, nor very regular, but neither were they in any degree plain, and I already saw cause to deem them expressive.
A new Theresa will hardly have the opportunity of reforming a conventual life, any more than a new Antigone will spend her heroic piety in daring all for the sake of a brother's burial: the medium in which their ardent deeds took shape is forever gone.
In defiance of conventual rules, and the edicts of popes and councils, the sleeves of this dignitary were lined and turned up with rich furs, his mantle secured at the throat with a golden clasp, and the whole dress proper to his order as much refined upon and ornamented, as that of a quaker beauty of the present day, who, while she retains the garb and costume of her sect continues to give to its simplicity, by the choice of materials and the mode of disposing them, a certain air of coquettish attraction, savouring but too much of the vanities of the world.
The rigid formality of the place suffocated her: the prayers and the meals, the lessons and the walks, which were arranged with a conventual regularity, oppressed her almost beyond endurance; and she looked back to the freedom and the beggary of the old studio in Soho with so much regret, that everybody, herself included, fancied she was consumed with grief for her father.
The effect of seclusion was aided by the great height of the garden walls, which were, indeed, conventual, and, as John had tested in former days, defied the climbing schoolboy.
The meal was passed in commonplace talk of what he had been doing during the morning at the Abbey Mill, of the methods of bolting and the old-fashioned machinery, which he feared would not enlighten him greatly on modern improved methods, some of it seeming to have been in use ever since the days it ground for the monks in the adjoining conventual buildings--now a heap of ruins.
In the conventual buildings attached to this church are the state archives of Venice.
"For a man as sincerely in love as I was, the silence and simplicity of the life, the almost conventual regularity with which the same things are done daily at the same hours, only deepened and strengthened love.
In the midst of Cloisterham stands the Nuns' House: a venerable brick edifice, whose present appellation is doubtless derived from the legend of its conventual uses.
Home of the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Marytown and National Shrine of St.
Mark Andrzejczuk, a Conventual Franciscan who taught at Cardinal O'Hara High School, where she was student at the time, according to the lawsuit filed Feb.
In 1773, Pope Clement XIV, a Franciscan Conventual, affirmed the suppression order.