[ non-stan-derd ]
/ ˈnɒnˈstæn dərd /
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not standard.
not conforming in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., to the usage characteristic of and considered acceptable by most educated native speakers; lacking in social prestige or regionally or socially limited in use: a nonstandard dialect; nonstandard English.Compare standard (def. 27).
Mathematics. of or relating to a generalized system of numbers that includes the real numbers but also includes infinite and infinitesimal numbers: nonstandard analysis.



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Origin of nonstandard

First recorded in 1920–25; non- + standard
A term labeled Nonstandard in this dictionary is one that is thought to be characteristic of the speech of persons with little education—a term that is often regarded as a marker of low social status.
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  • Alternatively, the cancer could have spread during the nine months that Jobs was experimenting with nonstandard therapies.

    Jobs’s Unorthodox Treatment|Sharon Begley|October 6, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • Where the hell did my subway pass get off on finking me out for having a "nonstandard ride pattern?"

    Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
  • Oh, you mean riding public transit in a nonstandard way isn't a crime?

    Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
  • Several instances of possibly nonstandard spelling have been noted with ‘sic’, which have been retained.

    History of the Johnstown Flood|Willis Fletcher Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for nonstandard

/ (nɒnˈstændəd) /


denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, that is not regarded as correct and acceptable by educated native speakers of a language; not standard
deviating from a given standard
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