Maverick

“Samuel A. Maverick was the original maverick who, unlike other pioneers, refused to brand his cattle and let them roam freely. No one could tell this maverick what to do; he followed his own rules.”

Based on the information above, what is the best definition of maverick?

Check your answer!

Choice A - A nonconformist who deviates from the accepted course
Choice B - An anarchist who supports revolt against the ruling power
Choice C - A person who acts obsequiously in order to gain attention
Choice D - A badass cow who wears sunglasses

Definition:

Maverick (noun) – a nonconformist who deviates from the accepted course; or, unbranded cattle

Maverick (adjective) – deviating from the accepted course; individualistic or nonconformist

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The word maverick originated with Samuel A. Maverick, an American pioneer who bucked convention by refusing to brand his cattle and often letting them roam free. Since then, the term maverick has become synonymous with individualists and nonconformists who deviate from the accepted course (and also to unbranded cattle!). A maverick dares to take the road less traveled or, as in the case of Samuel A., to pave his own course.

Example sentences:

“A further humiliation for the president occurred when the maverick Independent candidate defeated him in several states.”

“Samuel A. Maverick was the original maverick and the first pioneer to let his unbranded cattle roam freely.”