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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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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Jenkins' campaign was unconventional from the start. Patrick Svitek, star-telegram, "After failing to crash Texas’ Senate race, independent candidate alleges Cruz campaign derailed him," 7 July 2018 For a start, Ad Astra’s location inside a working company is unconventional to say the least. Mark Harris, Ars Technica, "First space, then auto—now Elon Musk quietly tinkers with education," 25 June 2018 This is unconventional, as typically lower-level officials with thrash out parameters in exhaustive meetings before the bigwigs swoop in for the declaration signing beneath the glare of photographers. Time, "Singapore's Sentosa Island Takes an Unlikely Geopolitical Role as Host of the Trump-Kim Summit," 11 June 2018 Her demands were a bit unconventional -- long walks, lots of play time and a quiet space for naps. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Programs, sites help vets get on right career path," 20 May 2018 That has some firms promoting unconventional ways to scrape together a down payment, including crowdfunding and using Airbnb rental income. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, "Getting Down Payment Help Now. Sharing Home’s Gain (or Loss) Later.," 1 June 2018 This unconventional way to consume art allows for people to have a more intimate and deeper connection to the stories being told, Sarah Hall, the play’s writer and the founder of Harley & Co., tells The Root. Kellee Terrell, The Root, "As Much as I Can," 15 May 2018 In her new film Born Guilty, Arquette’s character finds love in a very unconventional way. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Rosanna Arquette Talks Finding Love in Her 50s and Why Dating Apps Scare her," 11 May 2018 Corey Barton, president of Corey Barton Homes, one of the Treasure Valley's largest home builders, got his start in a decidedly unconventional way. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Idaho's biggest home builder says 'we're pushing' to build more amid house shortage | Idaho Statesman," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of unconventional

1835, in the meaning defined above

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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