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Definition of "nonconformity" []

  • Refusal or failure to conform to accepted standards, conventions, rules, or laws. (noun)
  • An instance of this: a measure aimed at reducing nonconformities to the housing code. (noun)
  • Refusal to accept or conform to the doctrines, usage, or polity of the Church of England. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nonconformity" in a sentence
  • "We are truly experiencing a difficult period, but what you refer to as nonconformity affects only a portion of the people who are discontented."
  • "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."
  • "Comprehending queer codes, exulting in nonconformity, expressing gender deviance, confronting assimilation, having to "pass": write about the theory of your life."