un·​or·​tho·​dox | \ ˌən-ˈȯr-thə-ˌdäks How to pronounce unorthodox (audio) \

Definition of unorthodox

: not orthodox

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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 election Monday, for local and national offices, is widely seen as a referendum on Mr. Duterte’s unorthodox style of governance. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Philippines’ Midterm Election Looks Likely to Boost Duterte," 13 May 2019 The result is the incumbent is now a fairly generic Republican on issues, who is still weighed down by an unusually large number of scandals and a profoundly unorthodox communication style. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The comically large 2020 Democratic field, explained," 17 Dec. 2018 As the above video shows, that required unusual tactics and unorthodox strategies to beat syphilis and gonorrhea during the war. Phil Edwards, Vox, "The World War II battle against STDs," 21 Dec. 2018 Instead, Beijing has taken a series of unorthodox moves, such as blocking a huge corporate takeover and tying up imported cars in administrative knots at China’s docks. Ailin Tang, The Seattle Times, "The trade war’s latest casualties: China’s coddled cats and dogs," 23 Oct. 2018 Though categorically disparate, Newson’s oeuvre is unified by a severe dedication to craftsmanship, utilizing sometimes long-abandoned artisanal techniques in the most unorthodox of ways. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Hot Seat: Designer Marc Newson Is Celebrated With a Gagosian Gallery Show," 19 Jan. 2019 Contrary to the dire warnings in many quarters, Mr. Trump’s unorthodox methods haven’t set off ruinous trade wars or caused a global depression. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Instincts Triumph on Trade," 1 Oct. 2018 The former physics major — who uses single-length irons, relies on vector putting and implements a single-plane swing — has made plenty of noise with his unorthodox methods. Dargan Southard, USA TODAY, "Bryson DeChambeau says compass was never meant to 'skirt the rules'," 11 July 2018 Also artful was Yang Li’s unorthodox, and of the moment, approach to showing his Fall collection. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Fall 2019 Collections," 12 Mar. 2019

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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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