Definition of unconventional in English:

unconventional

adjective

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

    ‘his unconventional approach to life’
    • ‘But the method of going about the task is unconventional to say the least.’
    • ‘The only difference is that they are doing it in a more unconventional way.’
    • ‘The hidden global internment network is a central element in the CIA's unconventional war on terrorism.’
    • ‘Klezmer harmonica might be unconventional, but so is Fencioglu's playing style.’
    • ‘He takes an unconventional approach to stress, writing that it is not the killer people believe it to be.’
    • ‘This production uses some radical techniques and tries to explore unconventional approaches.’
    • ‘Williams' vocal style is as unconventional as the melodies that he explores.’
    • ‘The culture of our country predisposes us to trust unconventional medicine.’
    • ‘It's still strange to discover that somebody has been reading your diary, as unconventional as it is.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He shared her unconventional love of rude words and dirty jokes.’
    • ‘The rather unconventional approach to criminals had its pros and cons, analysts said.’
    • ‘For it is in the essence of his behaviour that he should be eccentric, unconventional and rash in the eyes of public opinion.’
    • ‘The unconventional aspects of the present struggle do not make its stakes any less grave.’
    • ‘So both pieces are composed for a weird ensemble, with unconventional weightings of timbre and register.’
    • ‘An unconventional approach to life was accompanied by humour, frankness, and generosity.’
    • ‘The background is complex and unconventional enough to send even a modern bohemian rushing to cover the piano legs.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
    left-field
    freaky, way out, far out, oddball, wacky, cranky, kinky, screwy, off the wall, something else, madcap, zany, hippy
    rum
    kooky, wacko, bizarro
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Pronunciation:

unconventional

/ˌənkənˈven(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l/