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n. pl. non·con·form·i·ties
a. Refusal or failure to conform to accepted standards, conventions, rules, or laws.
b. An instance of this: a measure aimed at reducing nonconformities to the housing code.
2. often Nonconformity Refusal to accept or conform to the doctrines, usage, or polity of the Church of England.
3. Geology An unconformity in which the underlying strata are composed of igneous or metamorphic rock and the overlying strata are composed of sedimentary rock.


1. failure or refusal to conform
2. absence of agreement or harmony


(ˌnɒn kənˈfɔr mɪ ti)

1. failure or refusal to conform, as to established customs, attitudes, or ideas.
2. lack of conformity or agreement.
3. (often cap.) refusal to conform to the Church of England.
4. an unconformity that separates crystalline rocks, either igneous or metamorphic, from sedimentary rocks.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonconformity - lack of harmony or correspondence
disagreement - the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
2.nonconformity - a lack of orthodoxy in thoughts or beliefs
heresy, heterodoxy, unorthodoxy - any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position
conformism, conformity - orthodoxy in thoughts and belief
3.nonconformity - unorthodoxy as a consequence of not conforming to expected standards or values
heterodoxy, unorthodoxy - the quality of being unorthodox
4.nonconformity - failure to conform to accepted standards of behavior
failure - an act that fails; "his failure to pass the test"
nonobservance - a lack of conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
abidance, compliance, conformity, conformation - acting according to certain accepted standards; "their financial statements are in conformity with generally accepted accounting practices"


[ˈnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪtɪ] Ninconformismo m
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That nonconformity will remain a goad and remembrancer, and every inquirer will have to dispose of him, in the first place.
For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure.
Ever since the publication of Caradoc Evans' wildly pejorative collection of short stories, My People (1915), the view that Welsh nonconformity was repressive, inward-looking, and unhealthily world-denying has gone largely unchallenged.
This audit has not revealed even a single nonconformity to the international standards.
The decision is due to the nonconformity of flights from Libyan airports with security standards laid by international civil aviation bodies, it said, adding that this suspension concerns also Libyan planes flying into the Moroccan airspace.
Nonconformity with Sindh quota is matter of grave concern, he added.
California has a reputation for nonconformity, but the real stories can sometimes be more dramatic than the stereotypes.
Across five laboratory and field studies, the authors looked at the role of nonconformity in different populations.
Talking to the delegation, the CJ said the Supreme Court has authority to review laws made by the parliament in case of nonconformity with the Constitution.
He does not tolerate nonconformity like the Communists in 1937.
Childhood gender nonconformity was reported across all sexual orientations; fully 85 percent of youth who were gender nonconforming when they were young were heterosexual in adulthood.
Homosexuality has become more accepted in recent years, but nonconformity still carries its own punishments.