non·​tra·​di·​tion·​al ˌnän-trə-ˈdish-nəl How to pronounce nontraditional (audio)
: 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
nontraditionally adverb
… to learn how to build and sell cars nontraditionally Michael Schrage

Examples of nontraditional in a Sentence

a nontraditional couple who are planning a very unconventional wedding
Recent Examples on the Web The nontraditional menu will include muchame with swordfish, tomato, and heirloom beans, a dish that uses a process of salt curing and aging brought to Peru from Portuguese and Italian fisherman. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 13 May 2024 To try a nontraditional diner, visit Welcome Diner. To try a brand-new spot, visit Sidewinder. Dina Kaur, The Arizona Republic, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for nontraditional 

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nontraditional was in 1915

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“Nontraditional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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