[non-kuh n-fawr-mi-tee]


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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Contemporary Examples of nonconformity

  • This says a lot about views of nonconformity that it's entirely plausible he still holds.

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    Mitt Romney as a Young Bully

    Michael Tomasky

    May 10, 2012

Historical Examples of nonconformity

British Dictionary definitions for nonconformity



failure or refusal to conform
absence of agreement or harmony
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