Definition of unconventional in US English:

unconventional

adjective

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

    ‘his unconventional approach to life’
    • ‘The unconventional aspects of the present struggle do not make its stakes any less grave.’
    • ‘His unconventional approach to fighting crime makes him a great cop, but takes a toll on his personal life.’
    • ‘He takes an unconventional approach to stress, writing that it is not the killer people believe it to be.’
    • ‘Williams' vocal style is as unconventional as the melodies that he explores.’
    • ‘Klezmer harmonica might be unconventional, but so is Fencioglu's playing style.’
    • ‘Some had undergone unconventional operations while Neale had also carried out work beyond his capabilities.’
    • ‘An unconventional approach to life was accompanied by humour, frankness, and generosity.’
    • ‘The only difference is that they are doing it in a more unconventional way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The quirky, unconventional lawman is a plum role that at one point had seemingly passed Cardinal by.’
    • ‘It's still strange to discover that somebody has been reading your diary, as unconventional as it is.’
    • ‘The hidden global internment network is a central element in the CIA's unconventional war on terrorism.’
    • ‘The background is complex and unconventional enough to send even a modern bohemian rushing to cover the piano legs.’
    • ‘The culture of our country predisposes us to trust unconventional medicine.’
    • ‘He shared her unconventional love of rude words and dirty jokes.’
    • ‘For it is in the essence of his behaviour that he should be eccentric, unconventional and rash in the eyes of public opinion.’
    • ‘But the method of going about the task is unconventional to say the least.’
    • ‘The rather unconventional approach to criminals had its pros and cons, analysts said.’
    unusual, irregular, unorthodox, unfamiliar, uncommon, uncustomary, unwonted, rare, out of the ordinary, atypical, singular, distinctive, individual, individualistic, free-spirited, alternative, different
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Pronunciation

unconventional

/ˌənkənˈvɛn(t)ʃ(ə)n(ə)l//ˌənkənˈven(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l/