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 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 The next step is to research more nonstandard dialects. Cassie Owens,, "Philly judges discuss language access following study of court reporters," 5 June 2019 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 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 Despite nonstandard dimensions, Gallagher was able to buy doors and windows at Home Depot, which reduced the costs. Janet Eastman,, "Granny flat is a geodesic dome: Small, second home rises in SW Portland backyard (photos, video)," 17 May 2018 And the question for those Republicans remains as to whether Trump’s nonstandard approach to tweeting, accountability, etc. is worth hanging on to some form of party unity. Julia Azari, Vox, "The challenge of Trump’s presidency is legitimacy, not power," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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