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Dictionary definition for: Nonstandard

1. (a) 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

2. (a) varying from or not adhering to a standard; "nonstandard windows" "envelopes of nonstandard sizes" "nonstandard lengths of board"

3. (a) not standard; not accepted as a model of excellence; "a nonstandard text"

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