[ non-kuh n-fawr-mi-tee ]
/ ˌnɒn kənˈfɔr mɪ ti /


failure or refusal to conform, as with established customs, attitudes, or ideas.
lack of conformity or agreement.
(often initial capital letter) refusal to conform to the Church of England.
Geology. an unconformity that separates crystalline rocks, either igneous or metamorphic, from sedimentary rocks.

Origin of nonconformity

First recorded in 1610–20; non- + conformity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for non-conformity


/ (ˌnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪtɪ) /


failure or refusal to conform
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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