non·​con·​for·​mi·​ty | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē How to pronounce nonconformity (audio) \

Definition of nonconformity

1a : failure or refusal to conform to an established church
b often capitalized : the movement or principles of English Protestant dissent
c 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

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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 on the Web Naturally, the nonconformity at the heart of Uncle Clifford’s essence shines through her glam. Martine Thompson, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 July 2022 After all, doesn’t every generation think it’s at the cutting edge of nonconformity? Alena Botros, Fortune, 24 July 2022 In fashion and pop culture, nonconformity and non-binary identities have been positioned almost as temporary, a state that dissipates after a performance in favor of the default (cis heteronormativity). José Criales-unzueta, Vogue, 24 June 2022 There’s an ease that comes with not having to explain layers of your queerness and nonconformity. Martine Thompson, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 Similarly, Germans persecuted for gender nonconformity are often relegated to the margins. Samuel Huneke, CNN, 2 June 2022 At the screening of Sweetie, an out-there portrayal of family dysfunction and one woman’s raging nonconformity, the filmmaker was dismayed by the exodus of audience members. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 May 2022 Styles has taken his experimentation with gender nonconformity a step further with the launch of his beauty brand Pleasing, which features a nail polish line. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2022 But those first guidelines characterized gender nonconformity as a psychological disorder. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nonconformity

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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non·​con·​for·​mi·​ty | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē How to pronounce nonconformity (audio) \
plural nonconformities

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 valueUniform 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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