non-standard
nonstandard onstandard, non-standard on-standardadj. 1. varying from or not adhering to a standard; as, nonstandard windows; envelopes of nonstandard sizes; non-standard lengths of board cost more per foot. Opposite of {standard}. [Narrower terms: {deficient, inferior, substandard}]

Syn: nonstandard. [WordNet 1.5]

2. (Linguistics) Not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community; as, a nonstandard dialect is one used by uneducated speakers or socially disfavored groups. Opposite of {standard}. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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