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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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, "Samantha & Jonathan Glass' Oceanfront Wedding in Playa Del Carmen," 23 Mar. 2017 Lower output of nonconventional oil extraction also contributed to the overall decline in January. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada’s GDP Contracted 0.1% in January," 29 Mar. 2018 Clinical Apothecaries uses compounding -- the combining, admixing, mixing, diluting, reconstituting, or otherwise altering of a drug or bulk drug substance -- to help treat patients in nonconventional medical practices. Justin Madden,, "Medina pharmacy's license suspended due to mishandling of drugs, officials say," 18 Jan. 2018 Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Collection will bring your nonconventional vibe to a whole new level those around you will appreciate. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What This Week's Horoscope Means for You," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of nonconventional

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonconventional was in 1851

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to make or get by devious means

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