unconventional

adjective
un·​con·​ven·​tion·​al | \ˌən-kən-ˈvench-nəl, -ˈven(t)-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of unconventional 

: not conventional : not bound by or in accordance with convention : being out of the ordinary an unconventional outfit an unconventional thinker

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Other Words from unconventional

unconventionality \ ˌən-​kən-​ˌven(t)-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē \ noun
unconventionally adverb

Examples of unconventional in a Sentence

Her lifestyle is rather unconventional. the Shakers acquired their name because of their unconventional practice of dancing with shaking movements during worship

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Jane, somewhat unrealistically, helps Kat fight to hire an unconventional candidate for her department. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Why it matters that the women on 'Younger' and 'The Bold Type' focus on careers as much as dating," 14 July 2018 Eighteen months into Donald Trump’s term, the world is having trouble coming to grips with the most unconventional American president ever. Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 No immediate word on how SundanceTV will package it for a linear run, given the unconventional episode lengths, but the project starts shooting this summer in London. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rosamund Pike, Chris O'Dowd to Star in 10-Minute Sitcom From Nick Hornby," 13 July 2018 In his lifetime, Wojnarowicz became a star, though an unconventional one, unsmooth, unpredictable, unstylish even, with his clotted paint, uncouth symbols, and jabbing ideas and words. New York Times, "He Spoke Out During the AIDS Crisis. See Why His Art Still Matters.," 12 July 2018 With its cheeky name and unconventional ingredients, Not Not Tacos shouldn’t work. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Little Italy Food Hall, a delicious gastro-gathering place, opens today," 12 July 2018 Don’t let the unconventional lifestyle trigger your anxiety neurotransmitters. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 The American oil and gas boom of the last decade is a product of its decades-old investment in unconventional drilling technology, such as fracking. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "The U.S. Could Soon Reclaim the World's Oil Crown," 12 July 2018 Both projects were previously part of Alphabet’s X division, where unconventional ideas are tested. Wendy Lee, SFChronicle.com, "Alphabet adds letters: Loon and Wing are new companies under Google parent," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of unconventional

1835, in the meaning defined above

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unconventional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unconventional

: very different from the things that are used or accepted by most people : not traditional or usual : not conventional

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