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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But the authors of these plays represent a more inclusive and tantalizingly unorthodox future for Broadway. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tony Awards: A critic celebrates Broadway's unabashed idealism," 9 June 2019 Opposition to Trump and his policies produced scores of candidates, which complicated Democratic efforts in a state with an unorthodox primary system whereby the top two vote-getters advance regardless of party. Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats poised to claim ballot slots in nearly all House districts in California," 6 June 2018 His election as president in 2008 was perhaps less surprising to residents of Cyprus, a nation of 1.2 million where unorthodox politics are the norm. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Dimitris Christofias, 72, Cyprus President for One Ill-Fated Term, Dies," 23 June 2019 Under Trump, the Fed has had to adapt to both a faster-moving economy and a president who has ripped up the usual Washington playbook in favor of more unorthodox approach. Donna Borak, CNN, "Trump has already changed the Fed forever," 23 June 2019 This unorthodox approach has kindled an unexpectedly warm relationship with the Trump administration. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Boris Johnson, Inching Closer to U.K. Leadership, Cozies Up to Trump," 21 June 2019 Under Draghi, the bank used the unorthodox tool of negative interest rates, putting a minus 0.4% rate on deposits left at the central bank by commercial banks, a penalty to push them to lend. Washington Post, "Draghi’s “whatever it takes” a tough act to follow," 19 June 2019 The unorthodox approach to a positive customer experience is not the only thing that sets Kitty and Vibe apart from other brands. Teen Vogue, "Meet Kitty and Vibe, The Inclusive Swimwear Brand Creating New Sizing Metric For All Booties," 18 June 2019 Paltrow’s promotion of this unorthodox arrangement struck a chord of controversy. NBC News, "Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband live apart and swear by it. Can it work for you?," 13 June 2019

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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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