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

Other Words from nontraditional

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

Examples of nontraditional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Traditional and nontraditional lenders have a variety of loan and financing options available for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), from equipment and inventory financing to a business line of credit and merchant cash advances. Nick Chandi, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 Some have celebrated their wealth through investments and nontraditional purchases or donations. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 But while more people than ever are feeling ready to change industries or work in a more nontraditional setting, the sheer volume quitting means that not everyone who resigns ends up satisfied. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 21 July 2022 Over the months, attractions have devised nontraditional ways for visitors to stay (kind of) close to the characters without coming face-to-face with them, masked or unmasked. Dewayne Bevil,, 7 Apr. 2022 The company cited lower investment income from nontraditional investments, offset partially by a decline in death claims tied to the Covid-19 pandemic. Leslie Scism, WSJ, 4 May 2022 The creators of Hack Diversity, Black Tech Pipeline, and the Deshpande Foundation’s Entrepreneurship for All program are working to bring more people of color, and people from nontraditional backgrounds, into the startup ecosystem. Scott Kirsner,, 16 May 2022 The idea of considering candidates with nontraditional backgrounds is gaining traction for external hires, as well as existing employees. James Rundle, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2022 The lion dancers and musicians stepped on Hong’s words a bit, but that didn’t discourage the actor from hustling over to where the dance was taking place and adding a few traditional and nontraditional dance steps himself amid the drums and cymbals. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nontraditional

1915, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2022

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“Nontraditional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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