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  1. not conforming to rules, traditions, or modes of conduct, as of a doctrine, religion, or philosophy; not orthodox: an unorthodox ideology.
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Origin of unorthodox

Related formsun·or·tho·dox·ly, adverb
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unusual, unconventional, eccentric, different, far-out, heretical, beatnik, crazy, dissident, flaky, heterodox, irregular, kinky, nonconformist, sectarian, way-out, weird, schismatic, unwonted, uncustomary

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British Dictionary definitions for unorthodox


  1. not conventional in belief, behaviour, custom, etc
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Derived Formsunorthodoxly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unorthodox


1650s, from un- (1) "not" + orthodox.

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