non·​con·​ven·​tion·​al | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈvench-nəl How to pronounce nonconventional (audio) , -ˈven(t)-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of nonconventional

: not conventional : not conforming to convention, custom, tradition, or usual practice : unconventional nonconventional teaching methods nonconventional energy sources Ten years ago, the alternative press was hard to find but easy to define. Our task was to seek out the best thinking from the new left, the new age, and any other nonconventional source we could find.— Eric Utne

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Recent Examples on the Web Traditional higher education programs still exist, but many nonconventional and alternative teacher preparation programs have been established, and the licensure via portfolio option has been expanded. Caroline Maguire And Laura Mogelson, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 Searchlight used virtual editions of festivals to showcase the movie and its talent, a conventional approach in a nonconventional time. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2021 But in Woolf’s circle, nonconventional pairings were the norm. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 2 Nov. 2020 The final Clash iteration offered a fresh perspective on carbon fiber design, with the frame construction including nonconventional angles to offer new dimensions of the frame beam. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 21 Jan. 2020 Other women with nonconventional news voices, including Eleanor Beardsley in Paris, Sylvia Poggioli in Rome and Ofeabia Quist-Arcton in Dakar, are still overseas. Jason Loviglio, The Conversation, 6 Dec. 2019 Most of Utah’s nonconventional groups were put on by Republicans who, like Adams, made their support of Senate Bill 103 conditional on the additions. Rob Kuznia, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2019 But banks balked at supporting such a nonconventional business model for the area. Fortune, 31 Aug. 2019 For the rehearsal dinner, guests were engrossed in an authentic Mexican night of drinking, dancing and celebrating; a nonconventional pre-ceremony event the couple dubbed their Fiesta Blanco. Carley K, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of nonconventional

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonconventional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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