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[uhn-kuh n-ven-shuh-nl] /ˌʌn kənˈvɛn ʃə nl/
not conventional; not bound by or conforming to convention, rule, or precedent; free from conventionality:
an unconventional artist; an unconventional use of material.
1830-40; un-1 + conventional
Related forms
unconventionalist, noun
unconventionally, adverb
eccentric, individualistic, idiosyncratic, atypical. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for unconventional


not conforming to accepted rules or standards
Derived Forms
unconventionality, noun
unconventionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unconventional

1832, from un- (1) "not" + conventional. "A 19 cent. epithet for a certain type of affectation." [Weekley] Related: Unconventionally.

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