non·​con·​form | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce nonconform (audio) \
nonconformed; nonconforming; nonconforms

Definition of nonconform

intransitive verb

: to fail to conform

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Other Words from nonconform

nonconformer noun

Examples of nonconform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gender nonconforming people express themselves in a manner that rejects society’s gender norms of femininity and masculinity. al, "Trans lives should matter in Alabama, but don’t, marchers say," 29 Sep. 2019 They were also believed to be the seventh and eighth transgender or gender-nonconforming people to have been killed in the United States this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Michael Levenson, New York Times, "Two Arrested in Killings of Transgender Women in Puerto Rico," 30 Apr. 2020 Besides creating dolls in the likeness of famous figures, Barbie has also made an effort in recent years to diversify its offerings with dolls in a range of different sizes and gender-nonconforming appearances. Raisa Bruner, Time, "'We Define Ourselves.' Tennis Legend Billie Jean King Discusses What It Means to Get Her Very Own Barbie Doll," 20 Feb. 2020 There are transgender or gender-nonconforming characters on television and in movies, and Mattel recently introduced a line of gender-neutral dolls. New York Times, "18 Transgender Killings This Year Raise Fears of an ‘Epidemic’," 27 Sep. 2019 The stand-up comic — who as an awkward, gender-nonconforming child dreamed of becoming a priest — relates her hilarious and heartbreaking coming-of-age as a Catholic, closeted lesbian. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From ‘The Office’ to Eating Well," 17 Mar. 2020 Based in Asheville, the group is dedicated to supporting and advocating for transgender and gender-nonconforming people. NBC News, "Grassroots groups help LGBTQ people survive — and thrive — in Appalachia," 6 Mar. 2020 What specific resources and support do transgender and gender-nonconforming youth need from their schools? Jeremy Engle, New York Times, "Lesson of the Day: ‘Gender Pronouns Can Be Tricky on Campus. Harvard Is Making Them Stick.’," 5 Mar. 2020 Those figures widened her view of the world but didn’t reflect her experience as a gender-nonconforming young person. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Transgender activist Raquel Willis finds strength in telling stories of forgotten trans women," 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of nonconform

1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nonconform

back-formation from nonconformist

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The first known use of nonconform was in 1681

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Cite this Entry

“Nonconform.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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