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[non-stan-derd] /ˈnɒnˈstæn dərd/
not standard.
not conforming in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., to the usage characteristic of and considered acceptable by most educated native speakers; lacking in social prestige or regionally or socially limited in use:
a nonstandard dialect; nonstandard English.
Compare standard (def 27).
Mathematics. of or relating to a generalized system of numbers that includes the real numbers but also includes infinite and infinitesimal numbers:
nonstandard analysis.
Origin of nonstandard
First recorded in 1920-25; non- + standard
Usage note
A term labeled Nonstandard in this dictionary is one that is thought to be characteristic of the speech of persons with little education—a term that is often regarded as a marker of low social status. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Where the hell did my subway pass get off on finking me out for having a "nonstandard ride pattern?"

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    Cory Doctorow
  • Oh, you mean riding public transit in a nonstandard way isn't a crime?

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British Dictionary definitions for nonstandard


denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, that is not regarded as correct and acceptable by educated native speakers of a language; not standard
deviating from a given standard
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