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

Examples of nontraditional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McGill also uses nontraditional materials in his work. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "'The person is a canvas': Phoenix body-painting artist talks about his new tarot-based work," 12 June 2020 With record numbers of Americans jobless, some are turning to nontraditional programs that offer rewards for completing short courses on specific skills. Jon Marcus, Wired, "More Students Are ‘Stacking’ Credentials en Route to a Degree," 2 June 2020 Saffold serves as the board's nontraditional student representative and also works as the security coordinator for the Verona Area School District. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Tony Evers names three new UW regents, including Title IX lawyer who represented Quintez Cephus accusers," 1 June 2020 Districts are reviewing their nontraditional instruction — the formal term for distance learning — plans from this spring and tweaking them to use again. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Lunch in classrooms, no roommates in a dorm? What Kentucky education may look like this fall," 28 May 2020 In the past, Capital Classics has played with cross-gender and other nontraditional casting choices. Christopher Arnott,, "Comedies dominate this summer’s outdoor Shakespeare mix," 27 June 2019 Although many schools moved their classes online in hopes of providing instructional continuity, the nontraditional situation has had consequences. Tara Subramaniam And Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Rites of passage are deferred as students adjust to school in isolation," 21 Mar. 2020 Lacking appointments of three new regents from Gov. Tony Evers, Regents Jason Plante and Torrey Tiedeman — the board's nontraditional student representative — joined the call and weighed in on board decisions. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW Regents with expired terms voted in special meeting, pending new appointments by Evers," 9 May 2020 For now, cities and counties seem to have no problem with the nontraditional offerings. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Bleach. Masks. Beer and beans. Coronavirus forces Bay Area restaurants to make radical new menus," 9 May 2020

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First Known Use of nontraditional

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Nontraditional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nontraditional

: different from what is typical or usual

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