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English adjective: nonstandard

1. nonstandard not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community

SamplesA nonstandard dialect is one used by uneducated speakers or socially disfavored groups.
The common core of nonstandard words and phrases in folk speech.

Similarbad, unacceptable, unaccepted

Domain categorylinguistics

Antonymsreceived, standard

2. nonstandard varying from or not adhering to a standard

SamplesNonstandard windows.
Envelopes of nonstandard sizes.
Nonstandard lengths of board.

Similardeficient, inferior, nonnormative, substandard

Attributeamount, measure, quantity


3. nonstandard not standard; not accepted as a model of excellence

SamplesA nonstandard text.


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