unconventional

[uhn-kuhn-ven-shuh-nl]

adjective

not conventional; not bound by or conforming to convention, rule, or precedent; free from conventionality: an unconventional artist; an unconventional use of material.

Nearby words

  1. uncontested,
  2. uncontrollable,
  3. uncontrolled,
  4. uncontroversial,
  5. uncontroverted,
  6. unconventional warfare,
  7. unconventionality,
  8. unconverted,
  9. unconvinced,
  10. unconvincing

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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British Dictionary definitions for unconventional

unconventional

adjective

not conforming to accepted rules or standards
Derived Formsunconventionality, noununconventionally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for unconventional

unconventional

adj.

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

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