from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Refusal or failure to conform to accepted standards, conventions, rules, or laws.
- n. An instance of this: a measure aimed at reducing nonconformities to the housing code.
- n. Refusal to accept or conform to the doctrines, usage, or polity of the Church of England.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. rejection of or the failure to conform, especially to standards, rules, or laws
- n. the refusal to adhere to a state religion
- n. A type of unconformity in which a non-sedimentary rock intrudes in sedimentary layers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Neglect or failure of conformity; especially, in England, the neglect or refusal to unite with the established church in its rites and modes of worship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Neglect or failure to conform, especially to some ecclesiastical law or requirement.
- n. Specifically, in eccles. usage:
- n. The refusal to conform to the rites, tenets, or polity of an established or state church, and especially of the Church of England.
- n. The doctrines or usages of those English Protestants who do not conform to or unite with the Church of England.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. lack of harmony or correspondence
- n. a lack of orthodoxy in thoughts or beliefs
- n. unorthodoxy as a consequence of not conforming to expected standards or values
- n. failure to conform to accepted standards of behavior
non- + conformity (Wiktionary)