A nonconformist is someone who doesn’t conform to other people’s ideas of how things should be. Activists, artists, street performers, your wacky uncle Marvin — anyone who marches to the beat of a different drummer is a nonconformist.

Nonconformist is one of those words that has both a noun and an adjective form. The noun describes someone who acts apart from the masses, and the adjective describes people or other things that have those same nonconformist qualities. If your actions mark you as a nonconformist, chances are you'll take a nonconformist approach when it comes to planning your next vacation.

Definitions of nonconformist
  1. noun
    someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
    synonyms: recusant
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    someone who conforms to established standards of conduct (especially in religious matters)
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    beat, beatnik
    a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
    a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life
    enfant terrible
    a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others
    a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)
    maverick, rebel
    someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
    type of:
    contestant, dissenter, dissident, objector, protester
    a person who dissents from some established policy
  2. adjective
    not conforming to some norm or socially approved pattern of behavior or thought
    “their rabidly nonconformist deportment has made them legendary”
    “the old stubborn nonconformist spirit of the early settlers”
    synonyms: unconformist
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    marked by convention and conformity to customs or rules or styles
  3. adjective
    not conforming to established customs or doctrines especially in religion
    synonyms: nonconforming
    breaking with convention or tradition
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