un·​tra·​di·​tion·​al | \ˌən-trə-ˈdish-nəl, -ˈdi-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of untraditional 

: not adhering to past practices or conventions : not traditional an untraditional wardrobe untraditional methods … a recipe for paella containing the hitherto untraditional combination of chicken and shrimp.— David Rosengarten

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untraditionally adverb
Untraditionally, Santa brought along his elves on all-terrain vehicles instead of Rudolph and his pals. — Melanie Mizenko

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However, the designer intended for the untraditional hue to have the opposite effect. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Who Are Pippa Middleton and James Matthews?," 19 May 2018 While Meghan's untraditional fashion choices make predictions tough, here are Kay's top three picks for Prince Harry's fiancée on her wedding day. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Dad Won't Attend the Royal Wedding," 14 May 2018 This untraditional travel company specializes in tropical getaways that are more Tom Hanks in Cast Away than Tom Hanks on vacation. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Away," 25 June 2018 Tarek has acted similarly nonchalant about the untraditional arrangement. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Really Led to Christina and Tarek El Moussa's Divorce," 25 June 2018 This comes less than two months after the announcement that BMW and Daimler merged their untraditional operations. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Why Volkswagen and Ford are Teaming Up," 20 June 2018 Another untraditional option Markle could go with is having a close pal accompany her down the aisle. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Will Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle at the Royal Wedding?," 16 May 2018 Alia Shawkat was the only person to say that verbally abusing people, even in untraditional work settings, is unequivocally not okay. refinery29.com, "Here's What To Do If Someone Yells At You At Work," 29 May 2018 While it was expected that the royal wedding would be a little more untraditional than previous weddings, the royal family didn't hold back their reactions to Reverend Michael Curry's sermon during the service. Tamara Fuentes, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Royal Family's Reaction to Reverend Michael Curry's Sermon is Everything," 19 May 2018

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circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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