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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Although this is not a complete list, here are some other traditional and nontraditional Easter happenings around the county. Lisa Deaderick,, "San Diego Beatles Fair," 30 Mar. 2018 All of the nontraditional programs, including certificates, account for 18,523 students enrolled in law schools this fall, the ABA data shows. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats (No Lawyers Required)," 20 Dec. 2018 For many in my community, that stigma was enough to discourage us from using nontraditional methods of blood catching, like menstrual cups and period panties. Teen Vogue, "Period Taboo and Menstrual Cups in the Black Community," 15 Nov. 2018 The policy also will restrict ads for nontraditional methods of wagering on the future movements of stock prices and foreign-exchange, such as binary options and financial spread-betting, Google said. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google to Ban Ads for Cryptocurrencies," 13 Mar. 2018 Anyone else experimenting with, um, nontraditional parenting methods lately? Kim Fusaro, Woman's Day, "Three More Reasons I Might Be A Bad Mom," 26 Apr. 2011 Another nontraditional hit at New Yorkers’ Thanksgiving table: Junior’s cheesecake. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Dessert Chefs Reinterpret Pie Traditions, Piece by Piece," 20 Nov. 2018 Absurdist and laced with social commentary, the play featured elements that would eventually become hallmarks of Fornés’s work: nontraditional plot structure and a surrealist take on everyday problems. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "María Irene Fornés, the Cuban Playwright Who Changed Theater, Dies at 88," 31 Oct. 2018 There’s interest in a nontraditional car company that is looking beyond just building and selling cars, but looking on the overall digital ecosystem around the car as well, and being seen as more of a tech company. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "China’s NIO files for IPO in the US in push to compete with Tesla," 19 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of nontraditional

1915, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nontraditional

: different from what is typical or usual

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