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 Nakamura’s work is unconventional, both in display and technique. Lauren Smart, Dallas News, 16 July 2021 Johnson acknowledged the Tokyo Olympics will be unconventional, especially if there are no fans in the stands. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2021 While the recording process was unconventional due to the emergence of the pandemic, the collaboration ultimately produced a one-of-a kind project. Allison Hazel, Essence, 26 May 2021 Hartenstein’s path to Cleveland has been unconventional. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 12 May 2021 Replacing your $80 million starter with a guy who was never drafted, and who is not as long or athletic as your $80 million guy, is unconventional. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, 17 Jan. 2021 His work has even begun catching the eye of some big stars, who share his eye for the unconventional. Christian Allair, Vogue, 24 June 2021 After coming on to the scene through the more unconventional worlds of performance art and poetry, Blanco gained a reputation in underground circles for a raw and freewheeling mix of hip-hop, punk, and noise. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2021 The wide array of gifts, and the manner in which they were announced, reflect Ms. Scott’s highly unconventional approach to philanthropy. New York Times, 15 June 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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24 Jul 2021

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“Unconventional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconventional. Accessed 25 Jul. 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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