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.

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  • 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


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non- +‎ conformity


  • We are truly experiencing a difficult period, but what you refer to as nonconformity affects only a portion of the people who are discontented.

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  • The pride he talks about swallowing appears to be a common atheist pride in nonconformity, which doesn't go well with an activist movement of any sort.

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  • Comprehending queer codes, exulting in nonconformity, expressing gender deviance, confronting assimilation, having to "pass": write about the theory of your life.

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  • *** I do not think my attachment to nonconformity is likely to be at all shaken by my present circumstances; on the contrary, I long to attend "among my own people," and to worship in the simplicity of the gospel.

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  • A nonconformity is a boundary where stratified (layered) rock rests upon un-stratified igneous or metamorphic rock.

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  • Before Peaches became an icon of sexual rebellion and musical nonconformity - in other words, before she was Peaches - the Toronto-born musician was Merrill Beth Nisker, a Jewish day care teacher who created a popular program for kids based on music.

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  • The Beats were the ones who really championed the idea of nonconformity; they never met an outsider they didn't love.

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  • However, these issues didn't reach the level of "nonconformity" and therefore didn't stop the rig's recertification.

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  • Yes, every watt you soak up in your puerile demonstrations of "nonconformity" does so much to advance America's greatness.

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