verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of conform
Examples from the Web for nonconforming
The conforming and nonconforming priests were disputing the altars.History of the Girondists, Volume I|Alphonse de Lamartine
Some of the nonconforming clergy took the oath upon this construction.
The nonconforming clergy threw themselves on the king's compassion, or gratitude, or policy, for relief.
They will never prefer the interest of their nonconforming party, before the interest of christianity, or the public good.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)|Richard Baxter
Then she told us of new crueller devices intended against the Friends, and, indeed, against all Nonconforming folks.Andrew Golding|Annie E. Keeling
British Dictionary definitions for nonconforming
Word Origin for conform
Word Origin and History for nonconforming
mid-14c., confourmen, from Old French conformer "conform (to), agree (to), make or be similar, be agreeable" (13c.), from Latin conformare "to fashion, to form, to shape; educate; modify," from com- "together" (see com-) + formare "to form" (see form (v.)).
Sense of "to comply with the usages of the Church of England" is from 1610s; hence conformist (1630s), opposed to non-conformist or dissenter. Related: Conformance; conformed; conforming.