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[uhn-kuh n-ven-shuh-nl]
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  1. not conventional; not bound by or conforming to convention, rule, or precedent; free from conventionality: an unconventional artist; an unconventional use of material.
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Origin of unconventional

First recorded in 1830–40; un-1 + conventional
Related formsun·con·ven·tion·al·ist, nounun·con·ven·tion·al·ly, adverb


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eccentric, individualistic, idiosyncratic, atypical.
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  1. not conforming to accepted rules or standards
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Derived Formsunconventionality, noununconventionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unconventional


1832, from un- (1) "not" + conventional. "A 19 cent. epithet for a certain type of affectation." [Weekley] Related: Unconventionally.

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