from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Varying from or not adhering to the standard: nonstandard lengths of board.
  • adj. Linguistics Associated with a language variety used by uneducated speakers or socially disfavored groups.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not standard.
  • adj. Not conforming to the language as used by the majority of its speakers.
  • n. Something that is not standard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. varying from or not adhering to a standard. Opposite of standard.
  • adj. Not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community. Opposite of standard.

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

  • adj. not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community
  • adj. not standard; not accepted as a model of excellence
  • adj. varying from or not adhering to a standard


non- +‎ standard (Wiktionary)


  • Yeah she has some extra metal in nonstandard parts of her anatomy but that is just fashion.

    .177-Caliber Parenting

  • And when they hear the word nonstandard, a lot of people run in the other direction.

    Time for the Tough to Go Shopping

  • '' This is what I call a nonstandard, Thierer said.

    Television Regulation in Web World

  • The late Theodore Bernstein, alone a language scholar among the pop grammarians, denied that he called nonstandard usages "good" and

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 3

  • The branch of mathematics called nonstandard analysis is based on nonstandard models of mathematical statements about the real or complex number systems; see

    Model Theory

  • A misinterpretation of S that makes it true is known as a nonstandard or unintended model of S.

    Model Theory

  • While Mr. Trichet insists that these so-called nonstandard measures are independent from monetary policy, analysts say would be difficult for the E.C.B. to raise rates while they are still in place.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The GoW team is so committed to the idea of nonstandard usage of the R-stick that they keep it up even when there isn't a point, or when it actually hurts gameplay.


  • Lodging rates in 310 of the 378 so-called nonstandard areas - higher-cost areas where federal employees most frequently travel - will decline beginning Oct. 1, the General Services

    Federal Times

  • As for their parents, some research suggests that more mothers have resorted to arduous "nonstandard" work with irregular hours, like waitressing or home health care services.

    Michelle Chen: Poor Families Still Falling Through the Cracks in Welfare Reform


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