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

Keep scrolling for more

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

The infusion of early money into a race can help new or nontraditional candidates, particularly those who lack elected or fundraising experience. Rebecca Gale, Marie Claire, "Elise Stefanik Is Going to Bring Women Back to the GOP," 25 Mar. 2019 My team was looking for new, nontraditional ways to fundraise and speak to our followers, and this opportunity incorporated my love for fashion into our fundraising plan. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How One Model Is Using Fashion’s Sneaker Obsession to Increase Electricity Access in East Africa," 19 Oct. 2018 But in either case, requests for money that are often part of romance scams may be nontraditional and involve quick action. Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "Outsmart the Scammers: How You Can Avoid Fraud," 6 Jan. 2019 In response, administrators said the school was meeting its core obligation of offering nontraditional law school candidates the chance at a legal education. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Last class of Charlotte School of Law faces bleak reality after bar exam results," 17 Apr. 2018 Although this is not a complete list, here are some other traditional and nontraditional Easter happenings around the county. Lisa Deaderick,, "San Diego Beatles Fair," 30 Mar. 2018 All of the nontraditional programs, including certificates, account for 18,523 students enrolled in law schools this fall, the ABA data shows. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats (No Lawyers Required)," 20 Dec. 2018 For many in my community, that stigma was enough to discourage us from using nontraditional methods of blood catching, like menstrual cups and period panties. Teen Vogue, "Period Taboo and Menstrual Cups in the Black Community," 15 Nov. 2018 The policy also will restrict ads for nontraditional methods of wagering on the future movements of stock prices and foreign-exchange, such as binary options and financial spread-betting, Google said. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google to Ban Ads for Cryptocurrencies," 13 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nontraditional.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nontraditional

1915, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nontraditional

Statistics for nontraditional

Last Updated

16 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nontraditional

The first known use of nontraditional was in 1915

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nontraditional



English Language Learners Definition of nontraditional

: different from what is typical or usual

More from Merriam-Webster on nontraditional

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for nontraditional

Comments on nontraditional

What made you want to look up nontraditional? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make a payment or contribution

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!