Definition of unorthodox in US English:



  • Contrary to what is usual, traditional, or accepted; not orthodox.

    ‘he frequently upset other scholars with his unorthodox views’
    • ‘The former teacher has had an unusual career and he is well-known for his unorthodox, easy-going style.’
    • ‘She was happy to live an extremely unorthodox way of life, travelling with him and content to remain alone when necessary.’
    • ‘With his orthodox and unorthodox batting, he lambasts any type of bowling, tearing it into shreds.’
    • ‘A spokesperson for the EU said that while the Irish approach might be unorthodox, it wasn't unethical.’
    • ‘Where respect is concerned, it is behaviour that should be the issue, not unorthodox opinions or dress.’
    • ‘Blaise Pascal's father had unorthodox educational views and decided to teach his son himself.’
    • ‘McKenna is well aware the attacking threat could come from a more unorthodox source than Chris Sutton or Henrik Larsson.’
    • ‘In many cultures, it is still seen as unusual or unorthodox for women to enjoy the act of sex.’
    • ‘One of the most useful roles for research is to make people review their beliefs and legitimise unorthodox views.’
    • ‘However unorthodox her interpretation of landscape is, she is traditional in her preparation.’
    • ‘As second jobs for comics go, it's unorthodox, but extremely fulfilling.’
    • ‘Britten N. Lay views of drugs and medicines: orthodox and unorthodox accounts.’
    • ‘Mind you, it only caught my eye because I possibly have the most unorthodox views on the island.’
    • ‘Faith in his own decision-making has made Watt an unorthodox football type since his days as a teenager on Celtic's books.’
    • ‘You have a rather unorthodox style of law enforcement, if I can put it that way, Sheriff.’
    • ‘Their unorthodox approach has also met with academic approval.’
    • ‘Dr Rydell's unorthodox methods involve screaming a lot, moving in with his patient - and even sharing his bed.’
    • ‘Japan is so hot right now as Shoichi Aoki's exhibition of unorthodox fashion photography will prove.’
    • ‘I came up with matching words such as distinct, novel, unconventional, unorthodox.’
    • ‘They will be in all sorts of places, orthodox and unorthodox, and there will be lots to choose from.’
    unconventional, unusual, uncommon, unwonted, out of the ordinary, radical, revolutionary, nonconformist, irregular, offbeat, off-centre, avant-garde, original, new, novel, fresh, eccentric, exotic, bohemian, alternative, idiosyncratic, abnormal, extreme, divergent, aberrant, anomalous, bizarre, outlandish, perverse
    heterodox, uncanonical, heretical, nonconformist, dissenting, dissentient, renegade
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