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[non-kuh n-fawr-mi-tee]
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  1. failure or refusal to conform, as with established customs, attitudes, or ideas.
  2. lack of conformity or agreement.
  3. (often initial capital letter) refusal to conform to the Church of England.
  4. Geology. an unconformity that separates crystalline rocks, either igneous or metamorphic, from sedimentary rocks.
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Origin of nonconformity

First recorded in 1610–20; non- + conformity
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Historical Examples

  • “And that price of non-conformity is too high,” he completed steadily.

    A Breath of Prairie and other stories

    Will Lillibridge

  • Prosecutions for non-conformity were enforced with the utmost severity.

  • The foibles of their youth are still to be traced in faulting and non-conformity.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

  • He removed to Boston in May, 1644, being probably one of those who were driven away from Virginia for non-conformity.

  • He was ordered before the Bishop, Dec. 12, 1631, to answer for his non-conformity.

British Dictionary definitions for non-conformity


  1. failure or refusal to conform
  2. absence of agreement or harmony
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Word Origin and History for non-conformity


also nonconformity, 1610s, coined in English from non- + conformity. Originally of Church of England clergymen who refused to conform on certain ceremonies.

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