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[het-er-uh-doks] /ˈhɛt ər əˌdɒks/
not in accordance with established or accepted doctrines or opinions, especially in theology; unorthodox.
holding unorthodox doctrines or opinions.
Origin of heterodox
1610-20; < Greek heteródoxos of another opinion, equivalent to hetero- hetero- + dóx(a) opinion (Compare dokeîn to think, suppose) + -os adj. suffix
Related forms
heterodoxly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heterodox
  • This article is wonderfully complementary to this existing, largely heterodox, literature in economics.
  • Indeed, being cognizant of the work of others often trumps original and heterodox thinking.
  • My heterodox views can live within this movement, as many other heterodox views do.
  • The paper concludes that a trace perturbation smaller than observational uncertainties allows substantially heterodox physics.
  • Though in this case the outrage was directed against a heterodox member of the community.
  • Even worse, there is some evidence from heterodox economics that more information doesn't necessarily make for better decisions.
British Dictionary definitions for heterodox


at variance with established, orthodox, or accepted doctrines or beliefs
holding unorthodox opinions
Derived Forms
heterodoxy, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek heterodoxos holding another opinion, from hetero- + doxa opinion
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Word Origin and History for heterodox

1630s, from Greek heterodoxos, from heteros "the other" (see hetero-) + doxa "opinion," from dokein "to appear, seem, think" (see decent).

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