convenance

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EtymologyEdit

From French convenance

NounEdit

convenance ‎(uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) conventional propriety

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From convenir +‎ -ance

NounEdit

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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