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From convenir +‎ -ance (cf. convenant); possibly corresponds to Latin convenientia.



convenance f (plural convenances)

  1. conformity, propriety
  2. convenience, expediency
    • 1884, Henry James, "The Path of Duty" in The English Illustrated Magazine 2(15): 240–256.
      If a man marries an ugly, unattractive woman for reasons of state, the thing is comparatively simple; it is understood between them, and he need have no remorse at not offering her a sentiment of which there has been no question. But when he picks out a charming creature to gratify his father and les convenances, it is not so easy to be happy in not being able to care for her.

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