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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Synonyms & Antonyms for nonconformity


dissent, dissidence, heresy, heterodoxy


conformity, orthodoxy

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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

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For instance, communication will be a central theme in the life of a Gemini Ascendant, whereas innovation, progress, and nonconformity will define an Aquarius Ascendant’s experience. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 That said, the very quirky nonconformity of Tumblr’s users may, in fact, push them to leave. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 Every presidency deserves criticism, but so much of Mr. Trump’s is just rote Anderson Cooper tut-tutting over his nonconformity. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "America Has Yet to Make Sense of Trump," 19 Oct. 2018 In 1987, the world’s biggest sportswear company even used a song by the Beatles to praise nonconformity. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Nike has made billions selling rebellion to young people," 6 Sep. 2018 Accordingly, those who have Aquarius Venus find pleasure in nonconformity. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 Under Nazi rule, the remedies for nonconformity were separation, torture and murder. Kate Tuttle,, "Hans Asperger's complex Nazi history," 15 June 2018 That whole book is about nonconformity and about rejecting being the same. Fox News, "Trump slams 'disgraceful' leak of Mueller questions," 2 May 2018 Quinn's intimate riffs on that struggle find their integrity through nonconformity, through blur and torque, through sensual tumult and honest contradiction. Leah Ollman,, "Like song sampling as painting: Nathaniel Mary Quinn's puzzle-like portraits of personhood," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of nonconformity

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of nonconformity

: failure or refusal to behave the way most people behave : failure or refusal to conform


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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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