non·tra·di·tion·al | \ ˌnän-trə-ˈdish-nəl , -ˈdi-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of nontraditional 

: not following or conforming to tradition : not adhering to past practices or conventions : not traditional a nontraditional family nontraditional students nontraditional menu items Many use nontraditional teaching techniques, and they deliberately draw their students from beyond traditional neighborhood boundaries … —Thomas Toch

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nontraditionally adverb
… to learn how to build and sell cars nontraditionally —Michael Schrage

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Quartz, which has 215 employees and reached 12 million U.S. readers in May, according to comScore , built a following with its nontraditional approach to business-news coverage. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Quartz to Be Bought by Japan’s Uzabase for as Much as $110 Million," 2 July 2018 By showcasing a more urbane take on her culture, Solomon hopes her nontraditional approach will shed light on the diverse backgrounds and teachings indigenous people hold. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How 6 Indigenous Designers Are Using Fashion to Reclaim Their Culture," 30 May 2018 In any other place, this sort of nontraditional approach to the making and performing of music likely wouldn’t fly. Britt Julious,, "Chicago's Courtesy puts its music through the 'meat grinder'," 10 May 2018 Two-time Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, 35, has quickly established himself as Broadway’s foremost proponent of nontraditional casting. Curtis M. Wong, Billboard, "'Once on This Island' Director Michael Arden on Tony Nods and the 'Responsibility' of Nontraditional Casting," 8 June 2018 After going public through a nontraditional route known as a direct listing, the company has a valuation of $26.5 billion. Allison Prang And Riva Gold, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Rebound After Tech Selloff," 3 Apr. 2018 Getting more women into nontraditional certificate programs could help lift more families into the middle class and ease a labor shortage that is expected to only grow worse as more baby boomers retire. Kelly Field, The Atlantic, "Why Are Women Still Choosing the Lowest-Paying Jobs?," 25 Jan. 2018 Western concern with hard-power dynamics has largely obscured any concerted attempt at responding to nontraditional challenges. Gerasimos Tsourapas, Washington Post, "How authoritarian regimes use migration to exert ‘soft power’ in foreign policy," 6 July 2018 Police are searching for evidence in a very nontraditional place — an inmate's poop. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "A jewel thief swallowed the evidence. Now he's not going anywhere until he poops, cops say," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of nontraditional

1915, in the meaning defined above

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