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 Those countries provide about 90 percent of the nonstandard ammunition purchased by the Pentagon, according to Matthew Herring, the company’s owner, though his firm provides just a fraction of the Pentagon’s total orders. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Here are some of the nonstandard passports and passes out there. Will Noble, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 Companies likely will emphasize nonstandard financial measures to investors, effectively encouraging the markets to look past their formal results. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2021 Henry Raeburn’s ‘The Rev. Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch’ is a decidedly nonstandard portrait of one of the artist’s friends. Alexander Mccall Smith, WSJ, 13 Nov. 2021 The team confirmed the correlation between NfL levels and injury severity with a nonstandard MRI analysis called diffusion tensor imaging, and brain volume measurements. Max G. Levy, Wired, 21 Oct. 2021 But that doesn’t help the millions who are uninsured or get the shot at a mass vaccination site or other nonstandard place like an optometrist’s office. Scott Gottlieb, WSJ, 11 Apr. 2021 Considering that there may be nonstandard scenarios in the interaction, the designer should understand the user's thoughts and intentions. Alex Kreger, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Although these grew wearing over time, violinist Andrew May displayed a sure command of the nonstandard techniques. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 17 May 2021 See More

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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 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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