• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unconventional not conforming to accepted rules or standards "her unconventional dress and hair style"
    • adj unconventional not conventional or conformist "unconventional life styles"
    • adj unconventional not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention "an unconventional marriage","improper banking practices"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unconventional Not conventional; not bound by unswerving rules; free in character, action, or treatment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unconventional un-kon-ven′shun-al not conventional, free in one's ways
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  • Elwyn Brooks White
    “A candidate could easily commit political suicide if he were to come up with an unconventional thought during a presidential tour.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.”


In literature:

Mentally, while he studied her, he decided that her chief charm, in his eyes, was her absolute naturalness and unconventionality.
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
The Bishop was a small ugly man of fifty, unconventional to the core, the younger son of a duke, and a clergyman by personal conviction.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
The challenge was unconventional; and the Public School boy is not brought up to expect surprises.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
This first American victory of the war on land was, indeed, quite irregular and unconventional.
"The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812" by Ralph D. Paine
He looked up and perceived Miss Maggie Windsor skipping down the lawn with charming unconventionality.
"The King's Men" by Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright
Mrs. Seymour made her protest against such an unconventional trip, but Ruth rode her objections down after the fashion of American girls.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
He chewed unmercifully as he made his unconventional statement.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Love came easily on as a topic of talk where Rhoda, with her unconventional preference for that subject, introduced it.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
Indeed, as she thought of her position here it seemed to her she had become shamelessly unconventional.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
But for Abbazzia itself, it seemed the most unconventional pleasure place I ever knew.
"My Friend the Chauffeur" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

In poetry:

What cares the unconventioned wood
For pass-words of the town?
The sound of fashion's shibboleth
The laughing waters drown.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

For her unconventional paint choices, Bestor looks to the past.
Unconventional poet knew fame and obscurity.
But exploiting this unconventional energy source will be a great challenge.
Other confounding factors could be increasingly complex political issues, including regulatory hurdles to the development of pipelines to transport unconventional oil from producing areas to refining areas.
But one local businessman has an unconventional plan for turning things around.
If wealth is what you're after, look to an unconventional source for tips: the IRS.
An unconventional venture and smart partnership open doors for two brothers.
Yes, that means the 27-year old also made the unconventional choice to use public transportation as his getaway vehicle.
During a luncheon talk at the 2006 AAPG Annual Convention in Houston, speaker Peter Dea predicted the Rocky Mountains would become the kingpin of domestic natural gas production owing principally to unconventional reservoir development.
Augusten Burroughs is known for writing memoirs -- including "Running with Scissors " and "Dry" -- that unflinchingly and meticulously detail his unconventional childhood and struggles with alcoholism.
They established a complex of research greenhouses to experiment with heirloom seeds and pitched their unconventional produce to anyone who would listen.
For more than 30 years, sixth-grade students at Willis Intermediate School have been learning basic academics in an unconventional way.
Big Hairy Dog (BHD) Information Systems, Inc.’s unconventional business strategies are helping it achieve $9 million in revenue this year.
Founded in order to preserve the legacy of eccentric artist Raymond Thunder- Sky and to provide an exhibition space for other unconventional artists in the area.
3 unconventional picks for secretary of State.

In science:

Thus, the critical point separating the RS phase from the GH phase is also an unconventional ‘spin metal’.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
We also prove a functional limit theorem for this walk with an unconventional normalization due to the random character of the environment of the walk, solving an open question of .
Random walks on FKG-horizontally oriented lattices
This slightly unconventional choice turns out to be algebraically convenient at several points.
The enumeration of simple permutations
This unconventional behavior has been attributed to the integrability of these models.
Transport in one dimensional quantum systems
Schmalian, in The Physics of Conventional and Unconventional Superconductors, ed. by K.H.
Breakup of a Stoner model for the 2D ferromagnetic quantum critical point