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

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
Recent Examples on the Web One of the reasons why could be because they simply aren’t set up to evaluate candidates with unconventional backgrounds. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 12 May 2024 There is nothing more fundamental to the First Amendment than that the government cannot take action against people simply because the speech is unorthodox, unconventional, or offensive. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for unconventional 

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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 19 May. 2024.

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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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