Definition of nonstandard
1 : not standard
2 : not conforming in pronunciation, grammatical construction, idiom, or word choice to the usage generally characteristic of educated native speakers of a language — compare substandard
Examples of nonstandard in a Sentence
He works nonstandard hours so that he can pick his kids up from school.
Recent Examples of nonstandard from the Web
For the analysis, Mr. Heller and an associate tested whether quotes in 20 cities from seven large insurers differed depending on whether the customer seeking the quote was switching from a smaller nonstandard insurer.
Carey says, for instance, that some of the early files Santa Barbara received from Industrial Light and Magic were in a nonstandard SGI format unreadable on his viewer, and that he wasn’t allowed to use ILM’s viewers.
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First Known Use of nonstandard
NONSTANDARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nonstandard for English Language Learners
: not accepted or used by most of the educated speakers and writers of a language
: not the usual size or kind
NONSTANDARD Defined for Kids
Definition of nonstandard for Students
: different from or lower in quality than what is typical nonstandard work
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