un·or·tho·dox | \ˌən-ˈȯr-thə-ˌdäks \

Definition of unorthodox 

: not orthodox

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Other Words from unorthodox

unorthodoxly adverb

Examples of unorthodox in a Sentence

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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The album furthers his unorthodox approach to implanting jazz in a more contemporary context while relying on his encyclopedic knowledge of funk, calypso, gospel and the imaginative stylings of John Coltrane. Megan Buerger, Billboard, "Kamasi Washington Talks New Double Album and Why 'No Door Is Closed' After Working With Kendrick Lamar," 29 June 2018 The Republican Party made a choice to embrace the most unorthodox president in our history — a president many of them worried would sink their party and experts believe may be doing irreparable damage to our political institutions. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The GOP reaps its reward for selling its soul to Trump," 27 June 2018 The long-running project is in some ways an unorthodox addition to the rapidly accelerating field of artificial intelligence research. Cade Metz, Steve Lohr, Anchorage Daily News, "IBM unveils computer that 'debates' with humans," 19 June 2018 The long-running project is in some ways an unorthodox addition to the rapidly accelerating field of artificial intelligence research. New York Times, "IBM Unveils System That ‘Debates’ With Humans," 18 June 2018 Noble said that Trump's unorthodox approach to the presidency, including his penchant to act from the gut and overrule even Cabinet secretaries via Twitter, may help explain why companies sought Cohen's insights. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "AT&T, Novartis face scrutiny over hefty payments to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen," 9 May 2018 Because Trump won the presidency in 2016, even his critics have a tendency to believe that a brilliant, if unorthodox, method must lie behind the seeming chaos that surrounds him. David Lauter,, "High-risk decisions with little consultation — Trump's legal team adopts his style," 4 May 2018 Yet there is a serious opportunity for change on this front as well; the leaders of both nations are relatively new and have unorthodox governing approaches. Rodger Baker, Fortune, "Commentary: Trump and Kim Are Both Unconventional. That Might Help Them Strike a Deal.," 2 May 2018 The Wolf Pack’s unorthodox approach is plainly a winning strategy in the Mountain West, and one that can lead to big things on the sport’s biggest stage. Chris Johnson,, "How Nevada's Unconventional Roster-Building Strategy Engineered Its Miraculous Sweet 16 Run," 21 Mar. 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of unorthodox

: different from what is usually done or accepted

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