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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Recent Examples on the Web Some investors have turned to nontraditional platforms to help close the racial funding gap. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 10 June 2021 The agreement ends an extended negotiation and an extensive search by the Blazers to find a new television partner, which included exploratory conversations with both traditional and nontraditional carriers. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 9 June 2021 In keeping with their nontraditional timeline, the couple’s decision to marry came at the tail end of their other significant life decisions. New York Times, 4 June 2021 This organization champions cybersecurity careers through diverse backgrounds by hosting a 15-week educational program for nontraditional students and successfully placing them into jobs in under a year. Mark Adams, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Blizzard’s shooter values a mix of skills and makes nontraditional ones like protection and healing essential in any match. Tyler Colp, Wired, 29 May 2021 Storage units and other nontraditional structures can even serve as stores. Nick Penzenstadler, USA Today, 28 May 2021 Some districts, such as Arcadia Unified, Culver City Unified and Lynwood Unified, moved quickly to organize nontraditional proms. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 All told, about 1 million gig workers and nontraditional workers who qualified for PUA will cease to receive benefits in the 20 states that are curtailing the program early. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 27 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Nontraditional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nontraditional

: different from what is typical or usual

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