non·​tra·​di·​tion·​al | \ ˌnän-trə-ˈdish-nəl How to pronounce nontraditional (audio) , -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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Other Words from nontraditional

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

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One X factor that could help Tesla: the company’s nontraditional approach to selling vehicles. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Why Tesla 'has a problem appealing to women': Electric cars, Elon Musk may be off-putting," 8 July 2019 Research indicates that nontraditional hunters and anglers, such as minorities, women and suburban and urban populations, have an interest in hunting but don’t have the training, knowledge or opportunities to participate. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Proposed legislation boosts funding for Michigan conservation efforts," 28 June 2019 Lopez confirmed that the trinity has never been preached to her, but said the church does recognize events such as Jesus' birth and resurrection, but in a nontraditional way. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Phoenix members of La Luz Del Mundo defend leader facing child sex charges," 14 June 2019 Trump himself has taken a nontraditional approach to the Fed, repeatedly accusing it of mismanaging the economy by not pushing hard enough for low interest rates. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "McConnell won’t say if Senate would back Herman Cain for Fed," 12 Apr. 2019 But gay rights advocates say the provision is crucial to LGBTQ individuals, who sometimes rely on nontraditional networks of friends in the absence of family support. Daniela Altimari,, "Connecticut’s expansive paid leave plan wins praise from LGBTQ activists for broad definition of family," 20 June 2019 Clutch has ingeniously solved that problem by bringing some nontraditional fruity and herbal hops (Nelson Sauvin and Pacifica to be exact) to the party. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Nontraditional hops add balancing tartness to this Clutch Brewing hefeweizen," 18 June 2019 Radiohead has previously established a fondness for nontraditional music releases. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Radiohead’s unreleased OK Computer audio was stolen. Now the band is letting everyone hear it.," 11 June 2019 Bjergso draws inspiration from nontraditional sources -- chefs, coffee roasters or winemakers, for example – and the brewery’s beers are sought for their use of bold and unexpected ingredients, such as seaweed, licorice or truffles., "Mikkeller Portland pops open to overwhelming crowds at ex-Burnside Brewing home," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of nontraditional

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nontraditional was in 1915

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English Language Learners Definition of nontraditional

: different from what is typical or usual

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