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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There are few players as talented or as unorthodox as Smith. James Masters, CNN, "The Ashes: Steve Smith 'probably the best Test batsman we've ever seen' as Australia crushes England in opener," 5 Aug. 2019 Haaven’s unorthodox method, and Roberts’ sometimes brusque manner in promoting it, didn’t immediately win support from conventional social services agencies. Los Angeles Times, "To house almost 600 homeless people, a Venice couple are working outside the system," 2 Aug. 2019 Yet progressives such as Biden and Booker seem to think that bragging about their desire to do violence to the president will rev up their base and win attention, as if physical violence is justified by Trump’s unorthodox presidency. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Dangerous Invective against Trump," 1 Aug. 2019 There were no disclosures for unorthodox remodeling methods. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Buyer regrets purchasing a ‘flip’ home and needs to recover extra costs," 18 July 2019 Animal magnetism Mesmer’s unorthodox treatment style began in late 1774. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 Colmán played the entire second half of Orlando City’s 4-3 victory over the New York Red Bulls and scored the match-winning goal – albeit in an unorthodox way. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Josué Colmán scores first goal for Orlando City, loves ‘crazy’ home atmosphere," 4 Apr. 2018 For 13 months in the Oval Office, and in an unorthodox business career before that, Donald J. Trump has thrived on chaos, using it as an organizing principle and even a management tool. NBC News, "First Read’s Morning Clips: More woes for Eric Greitens," 2 Mar. 2018 The program reached human expert levels, devising unorthodox but effective strategies along the way. Quanta Magazine, "Why Artificial Intelligence Like AlphaZero Has Trouble With the Real World," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unorthodox

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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