unconventional

adjective
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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Other Words from unconventional

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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Edward Scissorhands Another Tim Burton film to add to the unconventional Christmas canon! Vogue, "The 13 Best Movies to Watch on Christmas Morning," 24 Dec. 2018 As her past appearances have shown, Kylie isn't afraid to use unconventional colors. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Created a Beauty Tutorial for Wearing Bright Pink Eyeshadow," 29 Nov. 2018 Sometimes researchers — Chinese or foreign — who can’t secure funding or permission for unconventional projects in the U.S. or Europe find financial support and openings in China. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Gene-editing Chinese scientist kept much of his work secret," 28 Nov. 2018 In the vein of their unconventional nuptials, the newlyweds ditched the traditional wedding cake and instead served 12 different kinds of cake, according to an insider. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mandy Moore Marries Taylor Goldsmith in a Secret Wedding," 19 Nov. 2018 Zara Phillips also has an unconventional name for the royal family, so Meghan and Harry could still surprise everyone with a completely unanticipated pick. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 There is also a chapter devoted entirely to unconventional materials and tools. Amber Kallor, Allure, "Val Garland’s New Book Validated Chronicles the Makeup Artist’s Legendary Work," 11 Oct. 2018 Some unconventional pornographic filmmakers have found success promoting their content on crowdfunding platforms like IndieGogo or Patreon, but that strategy comes with some serious risks. Lux Alptraum, The Verge, "What if porn, but for women," 18 Sep. 2018 The unconventional delivery shouldn’t be a surprise. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung celebrates the Galaxy Note 9 launch with Fortnite beta access and 15,000 free V-Bucks," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of unconventional

1835, in the meaning defined above

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unconventional

adjective

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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