Definition of unconventional in English:



  • Not based on or conforming to what is generally done or believed.

    ‘his unconventional approach to life’
    • ‘His unconventional approach to fighting crime makes him a great cop, but takes a toll on his personal life.’
    • ‘The quirky, unconventional lawman is a plum role that at one point had seemingly passed Cardinal by.’
    • ‘The background is complex and unconventional enough to send even a modern bohemian rushing to cover the piano legs.’
    • ‘The unconventional aspects of the present struggle do not make its stakes any less grave.’
    • ‘Klezmer harmonica might be unconventional, but so is Fencioglu's playing style.’
    • ‘The hidden global internment network is a central element in the CIA's unconventional war on terrorism.’
    • ‘Williams' vocal style is as unconventional as the melodies that he explores.’
    • ‘As a result of this unconventional approach, what we end up with is a film with dozens of Peter's voices, but without a voice of its own.’
    • ‘Some had undergone unconventional operations while Neale had also carried out work beyond his capabilities.’
    • ‘It's still strange to discover that somebody has been reading your diary, as unconventional as it is.’
    • ‘The only difference is that they are doing it in a more unconventional way.’
    • ‘The rather unconventional approach to criminals had its pros and cons, analysts said.’
    • ‘The culture of our country predisposes us to trust unconventional medicine.’
    • ‘So both pieces are composed for a weird ensemble, with unconventional weightings of timbre and register.’
    • ‘This production uses some radical techniques and tries to explore unconventional approaches.’
    • ‘He takes an unconventional approach to stress, writing that it is not the killer people believe it to be.’
    • ‘An unconventional approach to life was accompanied by humour, frankness, and generosity.’
    • ‘For it is in the essence of his behaviour that he should be eccentric, unconventional and rash in the eyes of public opinion.’
    • ‘He shared her unconventional love of rude words and dirty jokes.’
    • ‘But the method of going about the task is unconventional to say the least.’
    unusual, irregular, unorthodox, unfamiliar, uncommon, uncustomary, unwonted, rare, out of the ordinary, atypical, singular, distinctive, individual, individualistic, free-spirited, alternative, different
    new, fresh, novel, newfangled, innovative, groundbreaking, experimental, pioneering, original, unprecedented, unheard of
    eccentric, idiosyncratic, maverick, quirky, odd, strange, bizarre, weird, outlandish, freakish, funny, quaint, queer, curious, abnormal, anomalous, aberrant, extraordinary, offbeat, off-centre, radical, esoteric, nonconformist, bohemian
    outré, avant-garde
    freaky, way out, far out, oddball, wacky, cranky, kinky, screwy, off the wall, something else, madcap, zany, hippy
    kooky, wacko, bizarro
    View synonyms