tradition
noun Etymology: Middle English tradicioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French tradicion, from Latin tradition-, traditio action of handing over, tradition — more at treason Date: 14th century 1. a. an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom) b. a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable <
the bulk of traditions attributed to the Prophet — J. L. Esposito
>
2. the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction 3. cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions 4. characteristic manner, method, or style <
in the best liberal tradition
>
traditional adjectivetraditionally adverbtraditionless adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(of possession), / (from one generation to another)


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