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Definition of unorthodox

: not orthodox

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Cain was an anomaly nine years ago: a Black Republican with a loose grip on policy and an unorthodox campaign style, plus a fondness for referring to himself in the third person and an occasionally shocking portfolio of positions. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "Herman Cain, a Man Who Paved the Way for Donald Trump," 30 July 2020 Under Attorney General Bill Barr, who himself holds an unorthodox view of the presidency, the Justice Department has come awfully close to making that argument in court. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Brings the Presidency Back From a Lawless Brink," 9 July 2020 This true-life story revolves around a cynical London music executive who tries to sign an unorthodox boy band -- ten rugged fishermen -- to his record label. John Benson, cleveland, "‘Never Too Late’ and ‘Guest of Honour’ top this week’s streaming movies in Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque virtual screening rooms," 8 July 2020 He was asked about his unorthodox campaign, which has operated almost largely from his home in Delaware during the pandemic. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "‘Grim resolve’: With Biden up big and the Senate in sight, Democrats still haunted by fear of letdown," 6 July 2020 An expanded 30-man roster provides more flexibility and more opportunities for unorthodox ideas. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "A 4-man rotation? Piggyback starters? Cincinnati Reds' Derek Johnson considering all ideas," 4 July 2020 Saturday’s workout offered a glimpse into Kapler’s philosophy for the short scamp and how the Giants are using the entire field in unorthodox ways to cram as much work in as short at time as possible. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Logan Webb impresses Buster Posey with ‘electric’ stuff," 4 July 2020 No Ohio State football position group suffered more from the COVID-19 shutdown of spring practice and the resulting unorthodox offseason than the quarterbacks. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football can let freshman wide receivers ease into the spotlight: Buckeye Take," 1 July 2020 Harbaugh’s unorthodox methods have generally worked. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "How Jim Harbaugh's reputation as a miracle worker has slowly eroded at Michigan football," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of unorthodox

1629, in the meaning defined above

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“Unorthodox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unorthodox

: different from what is usually done or accepted

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