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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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Related Words for nonconformity

strangeness, violation, dissent, unruliness, disaffection, negation, denial, objection, insubordination, disapproval, originality, uniqueness, heresy, lawlessness, disobedience, veto, disagreement, discordance, opposition, breach

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British Dictionary definitions for nonconformity


  1. failure or refusal to conform
  2. absence of agreement or harmony
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