-ˈven(t)-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce unconventional (audio)
: not conventional : not bound by or in accordance with convention : being out of the ordinary
an unconventional outfit
an unconventional thinker
unconventionally adverb

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unconventional was in 1835

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“Unconventional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconventional. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​con·​ven·​tion·​al ˌən-kən-ˈvench-nəl How to pronounce unconventional (audio)
: not conventional : not bound by or in agreement with convention
unconventional behavior
unconventionality noun

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