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[non-stan-derd] /ˈnɒnˈstæn dərd/
not standard.
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).
Mathematics. of or relating to a generalized system of numbers that includes the real numbers but also includes infinite and infinitesimal numbers:
nonstandard analysis.
Origin of nonstandard
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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


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