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.
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, nonstandard spelling of our team names is a Buffalo tradition. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Buffalo Blue Jays? Team's home away from home has a long baseball history," 11 Aug. 2020 In routine, nonemergency situations, the process of bringing in and orienting a new clinician, known as onboarding, is a nonstandard process that is created and managed locally within individual hospital units. Susan Haas, STAT, "Onboarding during Covid-19," 6 Aug. 2020 Problems with other third-party docks cropped up because Nintendo used a nonstandard design for the Switch's USB-C port—and Genki Covert Dock's lead engineer is the Redditor who finally figured all of that out. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Genki Covert is a $75 ultra-portable dock for Nintendo Switch," 3 Aug. 2020 Both artists have heavily influenced Ms. Marling’s work, which, like Mitchell’s and Young’s, often relies on nonstandard tunings. Adriana Balsamo, New York Times, "Learn Guitar with Laura Marling," 15 May 2020 The 45-year old Iranian program limps along with a single, nonstandard 915-megawatt plant. Yousef Al Otaiba, WSJ, "A Successful Mideast Nuclear Deal," 5 Mar. 2020 Having a nonnormative gender identity and preferring the use of nonstandard pronouns means that I am often misgendered by people who have just met me. Lucy Parks, Outside Online, "How Being LGBTQ Affected My AT Thru-Hike," 22 Jan. 2020 The collision was apparently the result of a moment's confusion by the fighter pilot, who had been given nonstandard, then contradictory orders. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Marines Say a Moment's Confusion Caused the Fatal 2018 Air Collision," 29 Sep. 2019 And insurance companies tend to not reimburse patients for nonstandard procedures. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of nonstandard

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonstandard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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