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unconventionality

Definitions

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  • n. The state of being unconventional.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being unconventional; originality; freedom from rules and precedents; also, that which is unconventional; an unconventional act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. originality by virtue of being unconventional
  • n. unorthodoxy by virtue of being unconventional

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Examples

  • Her sharp eye and wider sensibility will turn out to be very useful to Alice in her troubles, even if her unconventionality is something the uptight teenage Alice will find hard to accept.

    American Wife « Tales from the Reading Room

  • It does not matter that others find the value of interest in the "difficult" work, that the result of complexity and obscurity may be, for some readers, greater depth; the structural, syntactic and semantic unconventionality is pretension in and of itself when set against standards of economy and efficiency, simplicity and accessibility.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Wilde was a conventional man: his unconventionality was the very pedantry of convention: never was there a man less an outlaw than he.

    Oscar Wilde

  • Many folks make what they are pleased to call unconventionality a mere cloak for selfish disregard of the feelings and tastes of others.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne : a Novel

  • Sometimes the effect is a kind of unconventionality not only of the matter, but also of the form, which cannot be learned from anyone.

    MIND MELD: Guide to International SF/F (Part III)

  • Is not all inattention of mind to the courtesies of life, all roughness and slovenliness, all crude unconventionality which is proud of its self-assertion, a "falling from love" in seeking self?

    The Education of Catholic Girls

  • His pettiness would be dispersed, and as for his "unconventionality," which was so much gossiped about at Sawston, she began to see that it did not differ greatly from certain familiar notions of her own.

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

  • No. Is it not rather the cold, luminous truth that the American girl found out that Bar Harbor, without her presence, was for certain reasons, such as unconventionality, a bracing air, opportunity for boating, etc., agreeable to the young man?

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • People who met him liked him for his unconventionality.

    » Remembering my Father Strocel.com

  • I don't just enjoy this book, I adore Singularity Sky, for all its unconventionality and all its idiosyncrasies and -- above everything -- it's refusal to wait for the reader to catch up.

    MIND MELD: Books We Love That Everyone Else Hates (and Vice Versa)

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