un·​or·​tho·​dox | \ˌən-ˈȯr-thə-ˌdäks \

Definition of unorthodox 

: not orthodox

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unorthodoxly adverb

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a time when people with unorthodox religious views were banished from the colony raised by an aunt, whose unorthodox parenting practices made for a strange but fun childhood

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Trattner’s approach, however unorthodox, might appeal to some who feel hurried by traditional medicine. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Meet the Woman Who Uses Alternative Medicine and Gemstone Facials to Treat Patients," 19 Oct. 2018 Today, Swartland is home to a dynamic range of unorthodox, young, enthusiastic winemakers with difference. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa's Top Sommelier on Where to Find the Best Wine," 12 Oct. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up The blog post underlined how unorthodox Mr. Musk’s approach has been to a possible transaction. Tim Higgins And Summer Said, WSJ, "Elon Musk Met With Saudi Fund About Taking Tesla Private," 13 Aug. 2018 And there was another, more unorthodox clue from the surveillance video: the suspect’s hands. Manny Fernandez, Adam Goldman And Dave Montgomery, New York Times, "Lucky Breaks, Video and Pink Gloves Led to Austin Bombing Suspect," 21 Mar. 2018 The administration already took a creative approach to TPA with their notification to Congress, and adding Canada later now would be even more unorthodox. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The NAFTA deadline is Sunday. What happens if there’s no deal?," 29 Sep. 2018 The Rays have been unorthodox in their approach , eschewing a normal starting rotation in favor of a system in which one of their usual relievers might take the mound at the beginning of a game. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Rays holding their own with creative pitching approach," 13 Aug. 2018 Publications, groups and websites that served as platforms for unorthodox views have closed or retreated to safer topics. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "In Beijing, Doors Shut on a Bastion of Independent Ideas," 11 July 2018 In an interview with Bloomberg Television in London on May 14, Erdogan doubled down on his unorthodox view that cutting interest rates would solve Turkey’s inflation problem., "Bloomberg," 18 May 2018

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1629, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unorthodox

: different from what is usually done or accepted

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