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CONVENTION (from the Latin); a meeting. The word, in a political sense, is generally used for a meeting of delegates convened for a special purpose. Thus it was a convention which deposed James II. National convention was the name of the assembly of the delegates of the French nation ; so, in the U. States, there have been, of late years, various conventions to amend the constitutions of the several states respectively, as the Virginia convention, &c.