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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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Examples from the Web for unconventionally
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  • To give up and to be human, unconventionally so for just a little while, seemed a mad desire.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • How unconventionally Israel approaches its God, and how democratically!

    Against the Current Edward A. Steiner
  • Dr. Dudley had been unexpectedly called out of town, so the three dined together most unconventionally.

  • But that seemed not to be fair; unconventionally she inserted in each note the words, "to meet Mr. Stephen F. Ellis."

    The Barrier Allen French
  • She, as a Japanese lady could not go out to speak to him, but unconventionally she had drawn up the blind and "her eye met his."

  • But come, confess that he gave you a terrible fright, and that you were shocked at his unconventionally.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • But I was a young woman, unconventionally living alone, and by degrees the handicap of my sex was brought home to me.

  • We have seen that our ancestors gained something, no doubt, from their spirit of unconventionally and freedom.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • She came in from the street, unconventionally removing her hat and gloves as she entered.

    One Day Anonymous
  • The work of a man who knows his subject thoroughly and who writes frankly and unconventionally.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for unconventionally


not conforming to accepted rules or standards
Derived Forms
unconventionality, noun
unconventionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unconventionally



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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