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unconventional

[uhn-kuh n-ven-shuh-nl] /ˌʌn kənˈvɛn ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
not conventional; not bound by or conforming to convention, rule, or precedent; free from conventionality:
an unconventional artist; an unconventional use of material.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; un-1 + conventional
Related forms
unconventionalist, noun
unconventionally, adverb
Synonyms
eccentric, individualistic, idiosyncratic, atypical.
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Examples for unconventional
  • unconventional and irrepressible, the redhead was the last of a breed.
  • Some clients are switching to unconventional law firms, which claim to offer equally good lawyering for much less money.
  • Guides spice up field time with elephant-back bush treks and other unconventional perks.
  • Cousins wrote his own unconventional prescription: he spent hours a day watching slapstick movies and reading humorous literature.
  • It's an axiom of successful unconventional war that insurgent fighters require safe havens.
  • In other words, success must be dismissed if the capital markets are not involved and the ownership structure is unconventional.
  • Some of the methods to transport the torch have been unconventional.
  • QE is unconventional monetary policy, but it is monetary policy nonetheless.
  • It's not the only game lately to be revealed by unconventional means.
  • Letters of recommendation are critically important when you're trying to spin a narrative that's somewhat unconventional.
British Dictionary definitions for unconventional

unconventional

/ˌʌnkənˈvɛnʃənəl/
adjective
1.
not conforming to accepted rules or standards
Derived Forms
unconventionality, noun
unconventionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unconventional
unconventional
1839, from un- (1) "not" + conventional (see convention). "A 19 cent. epithet for a certain type of affectation." [Weekley]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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