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nonstandard

[non-stan-derd] /ˈnɒnˈstæn dərd/
adjective
1.
not standard.
2.
not conforming in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., to the usage characteristic of and considered acceptable by most educated native speakers; lacking in social prestige or regionally or socially limited in use:
a nonstandard dialect; nonstandard English.
Compare standard (def 27).
3.
Mathematics. of or pertaining to a generalized system of numbers that includes the real numbers but also includes infinite and infinitesimal numbers:
nonstandard analysis.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; non- + standard
Usage note
A term labeled Nonstandard in this dictionary is one that is thought to be characteristic of the speech of persons with little education—a term that is often regarded as a marker of low social status.
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Examples from the web for nonstandard
  • Other nonstandard features include a daily wine social, a free shoe-shine and an eco-friendly policy.
  • nonstandard guest rooms also have work desks and in-room hot tubs.
  • There is no reason to believe that any nonstandard vernacular is in itself an obstacle to learning.
  • nonstandard models, which are useful in math, demonstrate that various conditions can be satisfied in more than one way.
  • nonstandard academic calendars help some colleges attract working adults as well as maximize their use of federal money.
  • It continues with our heads bent over a disorganized pastiche of nonstandard sentences set in one enormous paragraph.
  • For example, some math questions were nonstandard and required creative thought to determine the answer quickly.
  • State things simply in common terms, and define your terms clearly if you must use nonstandard language.
  • There may be many other sentences which mean the consistency under nonstandard interpretations.
  • Moreover, there are many sentences of the first order arithmetic which means the consistency under nonstandard interpretations.
British Dictionary definitions for nonstandard

nonstandard

/nɒnˈstændəd/
adjective
1.
denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, that is not regarded as correct and acceptable by educated native speakers of a language; not standard
2.
deviating from a given standard
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