un·​con·​ven·​tion·​al | \ ˌən-kən-ˈvench-nəl, -ˈven(t)-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce unconventional (audio) \

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 unconventional (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
Recent Examples on the Web Advertising entrepreneur Alan Sussman provides one example of someone who took a challenging and unconventional path to success. John Hall, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Though unconventional by nature, Nix’s ability to freelance — and thrive — when things break down could play to Auburn’s advantage on Saturday afternoon. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 7 Oct. 2021 The legendary songwriter and cofounder of The Beach Boys takes viewers on an impressionistic road-trip through his life and music in this intimate and unconventional cinematic memoir. Chris Willman, Variety, 25 Aug. 2021 In some ways, the Maryland State School Board chose an untested and unconventional candidate. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, 1 July 2021 Lawrence was unpredictable and unconventional enough to be often frustrating to those around him but fascinating to the rest of us, who may observe his antics at a safe distance. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 Well, that’s a more complicated question, which Lane unpacks in an unconventional but thoroughly enlightening way: by inviting his dissenters to weigh in as well. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Sep. 2021 When On the Origin of Species was first published twenty-eight years after Darwin set sail on HMS Beagle, Darwin, the provocative and unconventional trailblazer, was fifty years old. Brad Stulberg, Time, 8 Sep. 2021 The American National Ballet in Charleston would be a more inclusive home to dancers who were considered unconventional. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021

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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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“Unconventional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconventional. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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