non·​stan·​dard | \ ˌnän-ˈstan-dərd How to pronounce nonstandard (audio) \

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.

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The next step is to research more nonstandard dialects. Cassie Owens,, "Philly judges discuss language access following study of court reporters," 5 June 2019 In theory, such a nonstandard form of dark energy could also profoundly diminish or even reverse its effects in the future, leaving open the possibility that the universe could still experience a big crunch. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Cosmic Conflict: Diverging Data on Universe’s Expansion Polarizes Scientists," 16 May 2018 Scientists knew that nonstandard schedules increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic conditions. Alex Kingsbury,, "Digestive cycles out of order," 13 July 2018 Daimler said a function in the onboard diagnostics system prevents overdosing of the AdBlue fluid in nonstandard operating conditions, such as the use of biofuels., "Emissions issues plague Daimler truck engines," 9 July 2018 Of the 515 colleges that awarded them via nonstandard letters, more than a third provided no information about how much attending school would cost. Kevin Carey, WSJ, "Financial Games Colleges Play," 13 June 2018 Knuckleball will have the potential to be bright and brassy, but these players all like to draw nonstandard tones, colors and textures from their instruments. John Adamian,, "Stephen Haynes' Knuckleball To Perform At Real Art Ways," 2 June 2018 Even when the same nonstandard concept is used, it's done differently. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS, part II," 27 May 2018 What qualifies as standard versus nonstandard might surprise you, in fact. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F.’s Black Hammer Brewing ordered to stop making cannabis beer," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of nonstandard

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nonstandard

: not accepted or used by most of the educated speakers and writers of a language
: not the usual size or kind


non·​stan·​dard | \ ˈnän-ˈstan-dərd How to pronounce nonstandard (audio) \

Kids Definition of nonstandard

: different from or lower in quality than what is typical nonstandard work

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