non·​main·​stream | \ˌnän-ˈmān-ˌstrēm \

Definition of nonmainstream 

: not having, reflecting, or being compatible with the prevailing attitudes and values of a society or group : not belonging to the mainstream nonmainstream values nonmainstream groups nonmainstream music/literature

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And when the filibuster threatened to block Gorsuch—that is, when it was poised to accomplish its alleged purpose of thwarting nonmainstream nominees—Republicans killed it. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "There Will Never Be a “Mainstream” Supreme Court Justice," 7 Apr. 2017 Assaults against Western targets, churches and nonmainstream Islamic groups have preoccupied Indonesian security agencies for the past 15 years. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "Jakarta Attack May Signal Revival of Bloody Campaign in Indonesia," 14 Jan. 2016

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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