non-conformity

nonconformity

[non-kuhn-fawr-mi-tee]
noun
1.
failure or refusal to conform, as with established customs, attitudes, or ideas.
2.
lack of conformity or agreement.
3.
(often initial capital letter) refusal to conform to the Church of England.
4.
Geology. an unconformity that separates crystalline rocks, either igneous or metamorphic, from sedimentary rocks.

Origin:
1610–20; non- + conformity

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nonconformity (ˌnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  failure or refusal to conform
2.  absence of agreement or harmony

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nonconformity
1618, coined in Eng., originally of Church of England clergymen who refused to conform on certain ceremonies. Nonconformist is from 1619, in the religious sense; after their ejection under the Act of Uniformity (1662) the name passed to the separate churches they joined or formed. General sense of "one
who does not participate in a practice or course of action" is from 1677.
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