unconventional

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

Definition of unconventional

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

unconventionality

play \ˌən-kən-ˌven(t)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun

unconventionally

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Examples of unconventional in a Sentence

  1. Her lifestyle is rather unconventional.

  2. the Shakers acquired their name because of their unconventional practice of dancing with shaking movements during worship

1835

First Known Use of unconventional

1835


UNCONVENTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

unconventional

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

Definition of unconventional for English Language Learners

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



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