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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.
When I explored the source of their sanctity and charm for the imagination, it seemed as if each answered, 'From my nonconformity; I never listened to your people's law, or to what they call their gospel, and wasted my time.
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.
Combining archival research with historical contextualization and critical theory, Filipowicz tracks some unorthodox interactions in the interplay between patriotism and the transgression of social or customary norms, and examines how and to what ends Polish playwrights have grappled directly or obliquely with a puzzling, seemingly absurd nexus between patriotic commitment and transgressive nonconformity. She covers whether Poland is unmanned, transgression in the text of Wanda, Queen of Poland, no more separate spheres, and apocalypse now.
Nonconformity with Sindh quota is matter of grave concern, he added.
"Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to grant any owner or occupant a vested right to a nonconforming status, regardless of the type or class assigned to the nonconformity," the ordinance states.
Sell, this volume "is intended as an appetizer, and a stimulus to further quarrying" in the literature of Protestant Nonconformity (ix).
Vernon Lewis, who saw parallels between Swiss Calvinism and Welsh Nonconformity. In fact, Morgan discusses numerous preachers and theologians and even devotes a chapter to David Gwenalltl Jones, a twentieth-century poet.
One area of nonconformity is the federal provision that allows the taxpayer to revoke a Sec.