nontraditional nontraditional  /ˌnɑn trə ˈdɪ ʃə nəl/


  • (adj) not conforming to or in accord with tradition


  1. An osteopath by training, he is the founder of a form of nontraditional medicine called craniosacral therapy that is rapidly gaining adherents.
  2. Friends of the Urban Forest of San Francisco rents nontraditional trees, such as Southern Magnolia and Strawberry, for $150, and replants them on city streets.
  3. Winter Olympic medals have no standard design, hence their strange shapes and nontraditional materials, like those of the 1992 Albertville medals, which were mostly glass.


  1. UNI dean: Combat obstacles to education

    WATERLOO --- There are both encouragers and discouragers on the road to academic success, University of Northern Iowa Dean Dwight Watson told nontraditional students Friday.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

  2. Jamillah Moore: Defining student success in community colleges

    In May, more than 3,600 students graduated from the Ventura County Community College District with an associate degree or certificate. While faculty, staff, friends and family celebrated their great accomplishments, I looked into and reflected on the faces of many students who took a nontraditional path to college graduation.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Ventura County Star

  3. Designers can help make a 'man cave' for Father's Day

    If you want to give Dad a nontraditional gift for Father's Day -- we're talking about skipping the ties, cufflinks and socks, here -- consider giving him the gift of his own, personalized space; his "man cave."
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Everett Herald


  1. "This will be a nontraditional celebration of love, family and friends," said Francis.
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Joe Francis Source: E! Online (blog)

  2. "I think we're probably past a starting point," said Fuhr, now the goaltending coach for the Phoenix Coyotes. "I think if you look at hockey in general, it's grown by leaps and bounds. What we have to do is get into the nontraditional...
    on Jan 24, 2007 By: Grant Fuhr Source: ESPN

  3. ...with a hearty "Assalaamu alaykum," Bolden explained that in the past, NASA worked with countries that were capable of space exploration, but now Obama has "asked NASA to change ...... by reaching out to 'nontraditional' partners and...
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Charles Bolden Source: San Francisco Examiner

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