non·​con·​for·​mi·​ty ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē How to pronounce nonconformity (audio)
: failure or refusal to conform to an established church
often capitalized : the movement or principles of English Protestant dissent
often capitalized : the body of English Nonconformists
: refusal to conform to an established or conventional creed, rule, or practice
: 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 on the Web The two vehicles became synonymous with affordability, youth and nonconformity. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 20 Jan. 2024 The recent spate of regulations passed by school boards in conservative pockets of California requiring schools to notify parents if a student does something to indicate gender nonconformity is seeping into campus culture in ways some students describe as dangerous and repressive. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Thus the Revenge is a haven for queerness and gender nonconformity. TIME, 5 Oct. 2023 Her origin family, including her mother, father, and siblings, mostly accepted her gender nonconformity from a young age. Raquel Willis, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2023 Flannery’s infirmity, unconventional looks and take-no-prisoners nonconformity find expression in these women’s daughters. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023 Popularized in the 1950s by actors Audrey Hepburn and Jean Seberg as part of a visual rejection the long locks of their bombshell counterparts—and a want of European sophistication—pixie cuts have remained a symbol of nonconformity. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 3 Oct. 2023 The district’s new policy, Stoller said, has left students in more tenuous situations in grave fear of being outed for gender nonconformity. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Gender nonconformity, even in this punishing society, has its advantages. Guy Lodge, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of nonconformity was in 1606

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“Nonconformity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


non·​con·​for·​mi·​ty ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mət-ē How to pronounce nonconformity (audio)
: failure or refusal to conform

Legal Definition


non·​con·​for·​mi·​ty ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mə-tē How to pronounce nonconformity (audio)
plural nonconformities
: 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
: a particular aspect in which something is nonconforming
cannot revoke an acceptance he made with knowledge of a nonconformityJ. J. White and R. S. Summers

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