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

Definition of unorthodox

: not orthodox

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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First Known Use of unorthodox

1629, in the meaning defined above

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“Unorthodox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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