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[uhn-kuh n-ven-shuh-nl] /ˌʌn kənˈvɛn ʃə nl/
not conventional; not bound by or conforming to convention, rule, or precedent; free from conventionality:
an unconventional artist; an unconventional use of material.
Origin of unconventional
First recorded in 1830-40; un-1 + conventional
Related forms
unconventionalist, noun
unconventionally, adverb
eccentric, individualistic, idiosyncratic, atypical. Unabridged
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  • However novel and unconventional the new form may be, it will not make its appeal to him in vain.

    Books and Culture Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • I feel so delightfully vicious when I drink it, so unconventional!

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Perhaps the Slav blood is responsible for much that is abnormal and unconventional.

    Marie Tarnowska Annie Vivanti
  • You perhaps find the life here too unrestrained and unconventional?

  • It is the very nature of republican institutions to give a sort of unconventional freedom to its women.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for unconventional


not conforming to accepted rules or standards
Derived Forms
unconventionality, noun
unconventionally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unconventional

1832, from un- (1) "not" + conventional. "A 19 cent. epithet for a certain type of affectation." [Weekley] Related: Unconventionally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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