non·​chro·​no·​log·​i·​cal ˌnän-ˌkrä-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce nonchronological (audio)
: not of, relating to, or arranged according to the order of time : not chronological
nonchronological narratives
nonchronologically adverb
sorted the emails nonchronologically by sender

Examples of nonchronological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book is nonchronological, and the pages layer images from multiple time periods. Yurina Yoshikawa, The Atlantic, 13 Jan. 2023 The Met’s exhibition aims to show a nonchronological and nongeographical view of surrealism, which became a transnational aesthetic phenomenon after being formally established in Paris in 1924 and spreading globally throughout the 20th century. Sophie Madeline Dess, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2022 The idea of nonchronological storytelling itself is far from new to television. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 26 Mar. 2021 Season one of the show, which involves time travel, had originally aired in nonchronological order, and a re-broadcast and a DVD version had each further rearranged the episodes. Quanta Magazine, 5 Nov. 2018 Around it are sprinkled the first slew of the 50 nonchronological looks selected by Clark for the display. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 24 Sep. 2018 The works are shown in a nimble, nonchronological suite of galleries, and some of its century-spanning juxtapositions are bracing; others feel reductive, even dilettantish. New York Times, 12 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonchronological was in 1874

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“Nonchronological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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