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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
This external audit covered selected base stations and Airline's Head office and successfully concluded without any nonconformity.
This external audit covered selected base stations and PIA's head office, and successfully concluded without any nonconformity.
Playing style was important: "Toy play was most strongly predictive of gender nonconformity five years later," the study explains - whether young children played in a way that was gender-conforming or gender-nonconforming was the strongest predictor of more gender-conforming or gender-nonconforming behaviors as they got older.
Whether Nonconformity officially sanctioned contraception in the 1930s, I cannot say.
Moreover, little truth was found in the idea that lesbian or gay parents might encourage or allow more gender nonconformity among their children.
The venue and forum shaped the contours of this collection, which largely focuses upon the development of nonconformity and dissent.
During the audit, DTI Northern Mindanao had zero nonconformity and was confirmed that its quality management system adequately complies with the requirement of the standards.
Originally published in 1990, this current edition of "Germans Against Nazism: Nonconformity, Opposition and Resistance in the Third Reich: Essays in Honour of Peter Hoffmann" examines opposition to National Socialism by Germans during the Third Reich in its broadest sense.
Specific topics include political nonconformity in Finnish men's magazines during the Cold War, the 1969 Ice Hockey World Championship in the Swedish and Norwegian press, media securitization and public opinion: Denmark and the Euro-missile issue 1979-83, a case study of the Norwegian news coverage of Mikhail Gorbachev as Soviet leader in 1985, and the end of the world revisited: nuclear war films and their reception in Norwegian media.
This audit has not revealed even a single nonconformity to the international standards.