Definition of nonconformity
1a : failure or refusal to conform to an established churchb often capitalized : the movement or principles of English Protestant dissentc often capitalized : the body of English Nonconformists
2 : refusal to conform to an established or conventional creed, rule, or practice
3 : absence of agreement or correspondence
Examples of nonconformity in a Sentence
As a teenager, he was embarrassed by his parents' nonconformity.
an artistic movement that doesn't tolerate nonconformity
Recent Examples of nonconformity from the Web
Some fifteen years later, cultural perceptions of gender nonconformity have evolved significantly.
The Edwardses and Nova officials initially agreed to use a book about gender nonconformity during the anti-bullying month of October.
Some young tech companies are going through their own spell of nonconformity.
Too many leaders run meetings that subtly stifle nonconformity.
To foster nonconformity and innovation, that has to change.
And because nonconformity comes in many ways, sometimes just being yourself and advocating for others can seem like revolutionary acts.
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First Known Use of nonconformity
NONCONFORMITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nonconformity for English Language Learners
: failure or refusal to behave the way most people behave : failure or refusal to conform
Legal Definition of nonconformity
1 : failure to conform to or comply with something (as contract requirements) a lessee may revoke acceptance of a lot…whose nonconformity substantially impairs its value — Uniform Commercial Code
2 : a particular aspect in which something is nonconforming cannot revoke an acceptance he made with knowledge of a nonconformity — J. J. White and R. S. Summers
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