non·​tra·​di·​tion·​al | \ˌnän-trə-ˈdish-nəl, -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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nontraditionally adverb
… to learn how to build and sell cars nontraditionally — Michael Schrage

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Absurdist and laced with social commentary, the play featured elements that would eventually become hallmarks of Fornés’s work: nontraditional plot structure and a surrealist take on everyday problems. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "María Irene Fornés, the Cuban Playwright Who Changed Theater, Dies at 88," 31 Oct. 2018 There’s interest in a nontraditional car company that is looking beyond just building and selling cars, but looking on the overall digital ecosystem around the car as well, and being seen as more of a tech company. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "China’s NIO files for IPO in the US in push to compete with Tesla," 19 Aug. 2018 More people are traveling, the economy is better, and Atlanta’s population is growing, so routine traffic patterns are becoming nontraditional. Doug Turnbull, ajc, "GDOT needs to adjust its holiday schedule," 25 May 2018 The nontraditional farming method involves stocking bodies of water with paddlefish that feed on natural populations of plankton and that are harvested for both their meat and eggs. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky is swimming with potential to take over the US caviar market," 28 June 2018 Quartz, which has 215 employees and reached 12 million U.S. readers in May, according to comScore , built a following with its nontraditional approach to business-news coverage. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Quartz to Be Bought by Japan’s Uzabase for as Much as $110 Million," 2 July 2018 By showcasing a more urbane take on her culture, Solomon hopes her nontraditional approach will shed light on the diverse backgrounds and teachings indigenous people hold. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How 6 Indigenous Designers Are Using Fashion to Reclaim Their Culture," 30 May 2018 In any other place, this sort of nontraditional approach to the making and performing of music likely wouldn’t fly. Britt Julious,, "Chicago's Courtesy puts its music through the 'meat grinder'," 10 May 2018 Two-time Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, 35, has quickly established himself as Broadway’s foremost proponent of nontraditional casting. Curtis M. Wong, Billboard, "'Once on This Island' Director Michael Arden on Tony Nods and the 'Responsibility' of Nontraditional Casting," 8 June 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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