Definition of nonstandard in English:


Syllabification: non·stand·ard
Pronunciation: /ˈnänˈstandərd


  • 1Not average, normal, or usual: people working nonstandard hours
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    • Research labs are also usually relaxed about people working from home frequently, or keeping non-standard hours.
    • Anyone who has seen field conditions will clarify that non-standard seeds of variable quality are one of the biggest problems facing cotton farmers.
    • Twenty non-standard containers, all having their back doors sealed, were found either on board or loaded on the 20 trucks waiting at the wharf.
  • 1.1(Of language) not of the form that is accepted as standard.
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    • I was already aware of many other non-standard usages that didn't bother me a bit.
    • Under normal circumstances, dialects or non-standard Mandarin are not to be used.
    • The requirement to answer in complete sentences recalls Labov's classic work on non-standard English.

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