unconventional

adjective
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
Recent Examples on the Web Pitching coach Derek Johnson says the team will take an unconventional approach to roles given the 60-game season. John Fay, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds right-hander Castillo says he's good for 6, 7 innings right now," 4 July 2020 His unconventional approach involves covert ops like posing as a patron and devoting three days of surveillance with hidden cameras to shed light on why a restaurant is struggling. Kathy Passero, cleveland, "‘Undercover Chef’ on Food Network | How to watch, time, streaming info," 2 July 2020 However, the referendum -- intended to consolidate his hold on power -- could end up undermining his position because of the unconventional methods used to boost participation and the dubious legal basis for the balloting. Fox News, "Putin nears goal of changing Russian constitution, letting him stay in power until 2036," 30 June 2020 Kapler said the rotation will be unconventional even with Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Kevin Gausman and Drew Smyly getting starts. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Outlook for Giants’ Gabe Kapler, Farhan Zaidi: We’re starting in a pennant race," 30 June 2020 The oil and gas company was a leader in the fracking boom, using unconventional techniques to extract oil and gas from the ground, a method that has come under scrutiny because of its environmental impact. BostonGlobe.com, "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 29 June 2020 Not-so-well-known, the biotech firm Moderna touted promising early results for its vaccine, which uses an unconventional new approach to creating immunity. CBS News, "The race to find a COVID-19 vaccine," 28 June 2020 The oil and gas company was a leader in the fracking boom, using unconventional techniques to extract oil and gas from the ground, a method that has come under scrutiny because of its environmental impact. Washington Post, "Fracking pioneer Chesapeake files for bankruptcy protection," 28 June 2020 The oil and gas company was a leader in the fracking boom, using unconventional techniques to extract oil and gas from the ground, a method that has come under scrutiny because of its environmental impact. Cathy Bussewitz And Rali Arbel, USA TODAY, "Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy protection," 28 June 2020

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First Known Use of unconventional

1835, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2020

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“Unconventional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconventional. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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unconventional

adjective
How to pronounce unconventional (audio)

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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