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 Popularized by the actors Audrey Hepburn and Jean Seberg, who boldly rejected the long waves and coifs of their silver-screen counterparts, the pixie became a symbol of nonconformity and empowerment. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, "How the Pixie Cut Evolved Into Today’s Biggest Beauty Statement," 27 Apr. 2021 In a culture where nonconformity is the only conformity, and vulgarity and coarseness are trendy, trendiness sells. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Nissan Rogue: There’s nothing rogue about it (review)," 30 Jan. 2021 In the first half of the 20th century, when composers like John Cage became associated with the school, Mills developed a reputation for nonconformity. New York Times, "Is the Music Over at Mills College?," 30 Mar. 2021 The park has a gateway reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and has long served as a place to celebrate nonconformity. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "New York City Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021 Smith’s tenacious spirit is in keeping with the brand’s desire to celebrate creativity, nonconformity, versatility, and openness. Tyler Cole, Marie Claire, "Willow the Wise," 11 Dec. 2020 In other words, pretending to be gay is a form of adolescent rebellion and nonconformity, a way for these young straight men to broadcast how their generation is different from their parents’, or even millennials before them. Alex Hawgood, New York Times, "Everyone Is Gay on TikTok," 24 Oct. 2020 More women should hear her message of personal decency and nonconformity. Kate Bachelder Odell, WSJ, "Amy Coney Barrett Sets an Example for Working Mothers," 28 Sep. 2020 Two professionals and families will discuss gender nonconformity and address questions, concerns and share the latest resources. cleveland, "Volunteerism freshens room and spirits: Olmsted Dates and Data," 30 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of nonconformity

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Nonconformity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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