[ non-stan-derd ]
/ ˈnɒnˈstæn dərd /
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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.
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usage note for nonstandard
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.
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How was the requirement for the F-35B to VL on a non-standard runway framed?Why Can’t America’s Newest Stealth Jet Land Like It’s Supposed To?|Bill Sweetman|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Anachronistic, non-standard, and inconsistent spellings retained as printed.Life Aboard a British Privateer in the Time of Queen Anne|Robert C. Leslie
The only non-standard feature seemed to be the polaroid glass windows which were provided all around and not only in front.The Brain|Alexander Blade
Non-standard spellings, including those in other languages, were retained as in the original.
Preserved the non-standard order in the index, where U comes after V.Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained|Jane Haldimand Marcet and Thomas P. Jones
Every effort has been made to replicate this text as faithfully as possible, including non-standard spelling.Life of Edward the Black Prince|Louise Creighton
British Dictionary definitions for nonstandard
/ (nɒnˈstændəd) /
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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