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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 of unconventional
1830-1840
1830-40; un-1 + conventional
Related forms
unconventionalist, noun
unconventionally, adverb
Synonyms
eccentric, individualistic, idiosyncratic, atypical.
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Examples from the Web for unconventionally
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  • To give up and to be human, unconventionally so for just a little while, seemed a mad desire.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • How unconventionally Israel approaches its God, and how democratically!

    Against the Current Edward A. Steiner
  • Dr. Dudley had been unexpectedly called out of town, so the three dined together most unconventionally.

  • But that seemed not to be fair; unconventionally she inserted in each note the words, "to meet Mr. Stephen F. Ellis."

    The Barrier Allen French
  • She, as a Japanese lady could not go out to speak to him, but unconventionally she had drawn up the blind and "her eye met his."

  • But come, confess that he gave you a terrible fright, and that you were shocked at his unconventionally.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • But I was a young woman, unconventionally living alone, and by degrees the handicap of my sex was brought home to me.

  • We have seen that our ancestors gained something, no doubt, from their spirit of unconventionally and freedom.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • She came in from the street, unconventionally removing her hat and gloves as she entered.

    One Day Anonymous
  • The work of a man who knows his subject thoroughly and who writes frankly and unconventionally.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for unconventionally

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 unconventionally

unconventional

adj.

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

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