nonconformity

noun non·con·for·mi·ty \ ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē \
|Updated on: 14 Aug 2018

Definition of nonconformity

1 a : 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

Examples of nonconformity in a Sentence

  1. As a teenager, he was embarrassed by his parents' nonconformity.

  2. an artistic movement that doesn't tolerate nonconformity

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First Known Use of nonconformity

1606

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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NONCONFORMITY Defined for English Language Learners

nonconformity

Definition of nonconformity for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

nonconformity

noun non·con·for·mi·ty \ ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē \

legal Definition of nonconformity

plural nonconformities
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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