un·​con·​ven·​tion·​al | \ ˌən-kən-ˈvench-nəl How to pronounce unconventional (audio) , -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 How to pronounce unconventionality (audio) \ 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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You’ll be attracted to doing things in an unconventional manner. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: June 10, 2019," 10 June 2019 That’s opened the door to some unconventional players. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Behind Portland’s blockbuster marijuana deal: a Russian billionaire, cannabis consolidation," 9 June 2019 The first season of Big Little Lies was an unconventional murder mystery. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Wait, How Did Perry Die In Big Little Lies Again?," 8 June 2019 Luckily, the market is expanding beyond simple gold and silver options with offerings featuring into shells, unconventional pearls and statements pieces. Nandi Howard, Essence, "7 Black-Owned Jewelry Brands To Shop From," 6 June 2019 Gardens Mall guests enjoyed an unconventional art exhibit from May 5 to 19 during the annual Canstruction event, which benefits the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Krislyn Placide, sun-sentinel.com, "Canstruction raises awareness of hunger in Palm Beach County," 6 June 2019 McCutchen, caught in no man’s land, got stuck in a rundown and appeared to injure his left knee just before he was tagged out at the completion of the Padres’ unconventional double play. Bob Brookover, https://www.inquirer.com, "Phillies lose fifth straight and outfielder Andrew McCutchen to injury; Manny Machado’s grand slam leads Padres," 4 June 2019 Strengths: In an unconventional move, Satterfield opted to not have a spring scrimmage. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 83 Louisville rebuilding under new coach Scott Satterfield," 3 June 2019 The new guide came about through an unconventional partnership with Visit California, which promotes the Golden State’s $132 billion-plus tourism industry. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego joins dining elite as first Michelin star goes to Addison," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of unconventional

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unconventional was in 1835

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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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