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1. Varying from or not adhering to the standard: nonstandard lengths of board.
2. Linguistics Associated with a language variety used by uneducated speakers or socially disfavored groups.
Usage Note: The term nonstandard was introduced by linguists and lexicographers to describe usages and language varieties that had previously been labeled with terms such as vulgar and illiterate. Nonstandard is not a euphemism but reflects the empirical discovery that the varieties used by low-prestige groups have rich and systematic grammatical structures and that their stigmatization more often reflects a judgment about their speakers rather than any inherent deficiencies in logic or expressive power. Note that the use of nonstandard forms is not necessarily restricted to the communities with which they are associated in the public mind. Many educated speakers freely use forms such as can't hardly or ain't I to set a popular or informal tone. · Some dictionaries use the term substandard to describe forms, such as ain't, associated with uneducated speech, while reserving nonstandard for forms such as irregardless, which are common in writing but are still regarded by many as uneducated. But substandard is often viewed as needlessly or unfairly judgmental, and most linguists and lexicographers now use only nonstandard.
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1. (Linguistics) denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, that is not regarded as correct and acceptable by educated native speakers of a language; not standard
2. deviating from a given standard
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(ˈnɒnˈstæn dərd)

1. not standard.
2. not conforming in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., to the usage characteristic of and considered acceptable by most educated native speakers. Compare standard (def. 25).
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nonstandard - not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community; "a nonstandard dialect is one used by uneducated speakers or socially disfavored groups"; "the common core of nonstandard words and phrases in folk speech"- A.R.Dunlap
linguistics - the scientific study of language
received, standard - conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers; "standard English" (American); "received standard English is sometimes called the King's English" (British)
2.nonstandard - varying from or not adhering to a standard; "nonstandard windows"; "envelopes of nonstandard sizes"; "nonstandard lengths of board"
standard - conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind; "windows of standard width"; "standard sizes"; "the standard fixtures"; "standard brands"; "standard operating procedure"
3.nonstandard - not standard; not accepted as a model of excellence; "a nonstandard text"
standard - established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence; "a standard reference work"; "the classical argument between free trade and protectionism"
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Since were(n't) in nonstandard positions was definitely not a salient feature of (British or American) Early Modern English, one may wonder whether this phenomenon appeared in the New England dialect of the second half of the 19th century--and if so, whether there might be a connection between nonstandard were(n't) in the New England territory and nonstandard were(n't) in the Mid- and South Atlantic states, the latter described in the subject literature (see sections to follow for a detailed discussion).
Tricolor Insurance Agency, an affiliate of Tricolor Auto Group, currently serves as an agent for 10 nonstandard carriers and markets its services throughout Tricolor's 28 dealerships in Texas and, beginning in 2019, through its eight Ganas Auto Group dealerships in southern California.
One of the six projects that RWJF selected as part of this new body of work was a collaboration between the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), focused on the new economy and child care for low-income families, particularly those with parents working nonstandard hours.
In the literature, many authors have observed that nonstandard employment contracts can be viewed as a source of flexibility that can enable irreversible investment decisions to be delayed (see, for example, Van Emmerick and Sanders 2004; Musselin 2005).
nonstandard auto market, however, it represents a big improvement over past performance.
(1) This share has not changed dramatically over time, but research finds that nonstandard work schedules are concentrated among the young, those without a high school diploma, and in certain industries and occupations.
Infinity is a provider of auto insurance focussed on serving the specialty, nonstandard segment.
Nonstandard schedules, especially for single-parent and lower-income families, are associated with behaviour problems among children, according to past research.
And after arguing with you, Id probably soften you up to the point youd begrudgingly agree that its a word, but a nonstandard one.
Nonstandard auto insurance is typically offered to drivers subject to risk factors that exceed those defined by a traditional auto insurance policy, making it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain insurance at standard or preferred rates.
It describes finite difference expressions; the accuracy, stability, and convergence of numerical algorithms; the basic concepts of the finite difference time domain methodology and the nonstandard methodology; its use for the wave equation; electromagnetic theory; the use of the method for MaxwellAEs equations; example problems; the method for the dispersive case; and example problems in photonics design.