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UNCONVENTIONAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unconventional mean? 

UNCONVENTIONAL (adjective)
  The adjective UNCONVENTIONAL has 3 senses:

1. not conforming to accepted rules or standards
2. not conventional or conformist
3. not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention

  Familiarity information: UNCONVENTIONAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNCONVENTIONAL (adjective)


Sense 1unconventional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not conforming to accepted rules or standards

Context example:

her unconventional dress and hair style

Similar:

bohemian (unconventional in especially appearance and behavior)

go-as-you-please (not bound by rule or law or convention)

irregular; maverick; unorthodox (independent in behavior or thought)

Also:

original (being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of)

Attribute:

convention; conventionalism; conventionality (orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional)

Antonym:

conventional (following accepted customs and proprieties)


Sense 2unconventional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not conventional or conformist

Context example:

unconventional life styles

Similar:

spaced-out; spacey; spacy (stupefied by (or as if by) some narcotic drug)

funky (stylish and modern in an unconventional way)

far-out; kinky; offbeat; quirky; way-out (informal terms; strikingly unconventional)

devil-may-care; raffish; rakish (marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness)

bizarre; eccentric; flakey; flaky; freakish; freaky; gonzo; off-the-wall; outlandish; outre (conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual)

alternative (pertaining to unconventional choices)

Antonym:

conventional (following accepted customs and proprieties)

conventional (unimaginative and conformist)


Sense 3unconventional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention

Synonyms:

unlawful; improper; unconventional

Context examples:

an unconventional marriage / improper banking practices

Similar:

irregular (contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice)


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