non·​con·​ven·​tion·​al ˌnän-kən-ˈvench-nəl How to pronounce nonconventional (audio)
: 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

Examples of nonconventional in a Sentence

his nonconventional cures were the subject of some controversy
Recent Examples on the Web Additional states may consider the possible deterrent benefits of possessing nuclear arms or, if the costs of acquiring such weapons are prohibitive, other nonconventional weapons. William C. Potter, Foreign Affairs, 15 Dec. 2023 Jason Sudeikis, also an executive producer and writer, stars as the titular character who coaches AFC Richmond and, through nonconventional methods, works to turn the players into self-believers. Karen Mizoguchi, Variety, 15 Mar. 2023 The difference, however, is that Cannon proudly embraces his lifestyle of nonconventional fatherhood and rejects traditional monogamy, even challenging those who are skeptical. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2022 Fears that Moscow might introduce nonconventional weapons into the Ukrainian conflict have intensified in the wake of Russian failures to quickly to capture major Ukrainian cities. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonconventional was in 1851

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“Nonconventional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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