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[uhn-awr-thuh-doks] /ʌnˈɔr θəˌdɒks/
not conforming to rules, traditions, or modes of conduct, as of a doctrine, religion, or philosophy; not orthodox:
an unorthodox ideology.
Origin of unorthodox
Related forms
unorthodoxly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Logan and his team have discovered how to tap into this unorthodox energy source using a fairly simple contraption.
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  • Her unladylike demeanor and unorthodox methods led to friction with some of her colleagues and university administrators.
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  • Employees are discouraged from choosing unorthodox solutions.
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  • The theory is unorthodox, but it does make a certain amount of sense.
  • Maria's unusually bold career was a reflection of her unorthodox upbringing.
  • Procreation among sea horse couples is entirely unorthodox.
  • With such unorthodox experimental designs, it is not always clear who is testing whom.
British Dictionary definitions for unorthodox


not conventional in belief, behaviour, custom, etc
Derived Forms
unorthodoxly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unorthodox

1650s, from un- (1) "not" + orthodox.

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