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Princeton's WordNet

  1. traditionaladjective

    consisting of or derived from tradition

    "traditional history"; "traditional morality"

  2. traditionaladjective

    pertaining to time-honored orthodox doctrines

    "the simple security of traditional assumptions has vanished"


  1. traditionaladjective

    Of or pertaining to tradition; derived from tradition; communicated from ancestors to descendants by word only; transmitted from age to age without writing; as, traditional opinions; traditional customs; traditional expositions of the Scriptures.

  2. traditionaladjective

    Observant of tradition; attached to old customs; old-fashioned.

  3. traditionaladjective

    In lieu of the name of the composer of a piece of music, whose real name is lost in the mists of time.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Traditionaladjective

    Etymology: from tradition.

    Whence may we have the infallible traditional sense of scripture, if not from the heads of their church? John Tillotson.

    If there be any difference in natural parts, it should seem the advantage lies on the side of children born from wealthy parents, the same traditional sloth and luxury which render their body weak, perhaps refining their spirits. Jonathan Swift.

    God forbid
    We should infringe the holy privilege
    Of sanctuary!
    ———— You are too senseless obstinate, my lord;
    Too ceremonious and traditional. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.


  1. traditional

    A tradition is a belief or behavior (folk custom) passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. A component of cultural expressions and folklore, common examples include holidays or impractical but socially meaningful clothes (like lawyers' wigs or military officers' spurs), but the idea has also been applied to social norms such as greetings. Traditions can persist and evolve for thousands of years—the word tradition itself derives from the Latin tradere literally meaning to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping. While it is commonly assumed that traditions have an ancient history, many traditions have been invented on purpose, whether that be political or cultural, over short periods of time. Various academic disciplines also use the word in a variety of ways. The phrase "according to tradition", or "by tradition", usually means that whatever information follows is known only by oral tradition, but is not supported (and perhaps may be refuted) by physical documentation, by a physical artifact, or other quality evidence. Tradition is used to indicate the quality of a piece of information being discussed. For example, "According to tradition, Homer was born on Chios, but many other locales have historically claimed him as theirs." This tradition may never be proven or disproven. In another example, "King Arthur, by tradition a true British king, has inspired many well loved stories." Whether they are documented fact or not does not decrease their value as cultural history and literature.Traditions are a subject of study in several academic fields, especially in social sciences such as folklore studies, anthropology, archaeology, and biology. The concept of tradition, as the notion of holding on to a previous time, is also found in political and philosophical discourse. For example, it is the basis of the political concept of traditionalism, and also strands of many world religions including traditional Catholicism. In artistic contexts, tradition is used to decide the correct display of an art form. For example, in the performance of traditional genres (such as traditional dance), adherence to guidelines dictating how an art form should be composed are given greater importance than the performer's own preferences. A number of factors can exacerbate the loss of tradition, including industrialization, globalization, and the assimilation or marginalization of specific cultural groups. In response to this, tradition-preservation attempts have now been started in many countries around the world, focusing on aspects such as traditional languages. Tradition is usually contrasted with the goal of modernity and should be differentiated from customs, conventions, laws, norms, routines, rules and similar concepts.


  1. traditional

    Traditional typically refers to customs, beliefs, practices, or values that have been passed down from previous generations and have been followed and upheld for a significant period of time. It often represents adherence to established norms and traditions that are deeply rooted in a particular culture or society.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Traditionaladjective

    of or pertaining to tradition; derived from tradition; communicated from ancestors to descendants by word only; transmitted from age to age without writing; as, traditional opinions; traditional customs; traditional expositions of the Scriptures

  2. Traditionaladjective

    observant of tradition; attached to old customs; old-fashioned

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'traditional' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #976

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'traditional' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2612

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'traditional' in Adjectives Frequency: #121

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of traditional in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of traditional in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of traditional in a Sentence

  1. Richard Allen:

    Now, ShakeAlert only issues alerts when four of our traditional seismic stations are triggered, but if we also have mobile phone data, maybe we would need only one station to trigger before issuing an alert.

  2. Bruno Lannes:

    Local competition is now extremely high on the agenda of foreign firms in China, in order to win in China now they need to beat not just traditional competitors.

  3. Yao Yudong:

    We think the issuance of, and continuous improvement in eSDR can help establish a new cross-border payment and settlement system using a super-sovereign currency, thus easing flaws in the traditional monetary system.

  4. Gerald Rafshoon:

    We always had to be different since we didn't have a lot of money and TV was our medium, starting with his successful campaign for governor and through his presidential campaigns I decided to use green. Why ? I liked green because it stood out from the traditional red, white and blue.

  5. Nadwa Dawsari:

    Traditional Yemeni political actors used to find middle ground and didn't let their clashes lead to a full-blown civil war. The Houthis don't seem to be interested in compromising, they mix a lack of experience in politics with, as their own leader has said, limitless ambitions. The fact that Iran is involved aggravates things and brings in a regional dimension that makes a conflict harder to avoid.

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