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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Zack Palmer, Swampscott — Palmer had an unorthodox touchdown trifecta in the Big Blue’s 33-30 loss to Lynn English., "Ayden Pereira, Central Catholic," 16 Sep. 2019 With lots of diminished chords, gothic-sounding organ, unsettling dissonance, unorthodox instruments (including electronics and non-Western instruments) and creeping melodies, the band could set the scene for ominousness and suspense. John Adamian,, "Our picks for seven of this week’s can’t-miss concerts in Connecticut," 16 Sep. 2019 For all the innovation for which the Dodgers are rightfully applauded, their postseason opponents have taken the more unorthodox approaches to the postseason. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Will the Dodgers replicate closer model the Red Sox and Astros used to beat them?," 14 Sep. 2019 This insight led the researchers to the unorthodox hypothesis that perhaps bones evolved, at least in part, to help animals escape from danger. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Fight or Flight May Be In Our Bones," 12 Sep. 2019 Trump has spent his presidency carving out an unorthodox approach to global crises, including his moves to meet Kim Jong Un and court Vladimir Putin. Benjamin Harvey, Fortune, "Bolton’s Out. Here’s How That Could Affect Trump’s Foreign Policy," 12 Sep. 2019 For a struggling Prime Minister, Johnson's strategy might seem unorthodox. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "If Boris Johnson misled the Queen, it would be a bad look. Even for him.," 11 Sep. 2019 On one foreign policy issue after another, John R. Bolton was the in-house skeptic who checked President Trump’s most unorthodox instincts. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "‘Trump Unplugged’: A President as His Own National Security Adviser," 10 Sep. 2019 His skill set provides Miami’s coaches plenty of flexibility to make unorthodox calls in the defense. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Here’s a look at the Miami Dolphins’ highs and lows from training camp and preseason | Commentary," 1 Sep. 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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concealment of treason or felony

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