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Definitions of tradition

  1. a specific practice of long standing
  2. an inherited pattern of thought or action
  3. The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.
  4. The unwritten or oral delivery of information, opinions, doctrines, practices, rites, and customs, from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; the transmission of any knowledge, opinions, or practice, from forefathers to descendants by oral communication, without written memorials.
  5. Hence, that which is transmitted orally from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; knowledge or belief transmitted without the aid of written memorials; custom or practice long observed.
  6. An unwritten code of law represented to have been given by God to Moses on Sinai.
  7. That body of doctrine and discipline, or any article thereof, supposed to have been put forth by Christ or his apostles, and not committed to writing.
  8. To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down.
  9. The oral handing down of information, opinions, doctrines, practices, etc., through successive generations, or from father to son; that which is so handed down; as, the tradition of King Arthur and the Round Table; an ancient custom or story; a story relating to historical characters but not itself based on fact; as, the tradition of George Washington and the cherry tree; any belief which owes its general acceptance to habit rather than to reason.
  10. The handing down of opinions or practices to posterity unwritten.
  11. Delivery; an account handed down, unwritten, to posterity.
  12. Knowledge transmitted without writing, from generation to generation.
  13. Delivery; the transmission of opinions or practices to posterity orally, without written memorials; that which is handed down from age to age by oral communication.
  14. The trasmission of events, doctrines, opinions, rites, & c., from father to son, through successive generations, by word of mouth; that which is so handed down.
  15. Things or deeds preserved only in the memories of successive generations, and not committed to writing.
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Usage examples for tradition

  1. A hundred times in life, the good that one does seems not to serve any immediate use; but it keeps up just the same the tradition of wishing well and doing well, without which all would perish. – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  2. Binjhwar List of Paragraphs 1. Origin and tradition. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  3. The tradition is recalled by Cyril Lucar at the beginning of the manuscript. – Studies from Court and Cloister by J.M. Stone
  4. Loyalty to one's chairman is a tradition in the Government service. – War-time Silhouettes by Stephen Hudson
  5. Secondly, it pursued to the very utmost the tradition of allegorising, of which the Roman de la Rose had established the popularity. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
  6. Tradition gave her to the negro race. – The House Behind the Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt
  7. Shaddai's captains, when advancing on Mansoul, had fallen in with 'three young fellows of promising appearance' who volunteered to go with them- Mr. Tradition, Mr. Human Wisdom, and Mr. Man's Invention. – Bunyan by James Anthony Froude
  8. Sally looked up with an assumed surprise worthy of her race and tradition. – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  9. He had a tradition of Success- success without visible effort. – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  10. The foolish boys, in accordance with Esquimo tradition, had unloaded all of Prof. – A Negro Explorer at the North Pole by Matthew A. Henson Commentator: Robert E. Peary Booker T. Washington
  11. Your father was adopted in that way; and he pretends to consider himself bound to keep up the tradition and adopt somebody to leave the business to. – Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
  12. But that is the tradition in the Lambeth parish, where the picture may still be seen by any body who takes the trouble to visit the place. – Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match by Francis C. Woodworth
  13. There is a tradition that the bells of Gnosall Church were taken from this tower. – Vanishing England by P. H. Ditchfield
  14. The village is for the most part a backward place, hostile to everything that makes a breach in tradition. – Contemporary Russian Novelists by Serge Persky
  15. This was the long lost silver- mine, whose finding and whose disappearance had for so many years been a tradition in the township. – Not Quite Eighteen by Susan Coolidge
  16. It is well known that this is in accordance with ancient tradition. – Companion to the Bible by E. P. Barrows
  17. Of the strange lack of tradition of this new world that was yet so old. – The Story of Old Fort Loudon by Charles Egbert Craddock
  18. This was at one with all popular tradition. – Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  19. The historic tradition of her great, lovely, brilliant, accomplished women is one chief reason why friendships of women with men are more common and important in France than in most other countries. – The Friendships of Women by William Rounseville Alger
  20. It's a tradition in many families to hand such things down to the head of each generation. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
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