Definition of Tradition

1. Noun. An inherited pattern of thought or action.

Generic synonyms: Cognitive Content, Content, Mental Object
Derivative terms: Traditional, Traditional

2. Noun. A specific practice of long standing.
Exact synonyms: Custom
Generic synonyms: Practice
Specialized synonyms: Habit, Wont, Hadith, Institution
Derivative terms: Customary, Traditional, Traditional

Definition of Tradition

1. n. The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.

2. v. t. To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down.

Definition of Tradition

1. Noun. A part of culture that is passed from person to person or generation to generation, possibly differing in detail from family to family, such as the way to celebrate holidays. ¹

2. Noun. A commonly held system. ¹

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Definition of Tradition

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Medical Definition of Tradition

1. 1. The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery. "A deed takes effect only from the tradition or delivery." 2. 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. 3. 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. "Will you mock at an ancient tradition begun upon an honorable respect?" (Shak) "Naught but tradition remains of the beautiful village of Grand-Pre." (Longfellow) 4. An unwritten code of law represented to have been given by God to Moses on Sinai. "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered." (Mark vii. 13) 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. "Stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word or our epistle." (2 Thess. Ii. 15) Tradition Sunday, Palm Sunday; so called because the creed was then taught to candidates for baptism at Easter. Origin: OE. Tradicioun, L. Traditio, from tradere to give up, transmit. See Treason, Traitor. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tradition

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Literary usage of Tradition

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Thus the word tradition now comes into prominence, and, just as St. Paul said to Timothy, ''keep the deposit" (I Tim., vi, 20), that is the sacred doctrine ..."

2. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Translated Out of by American Bible Society (1859)
"3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. 4 And when they come from the market, ..."

3. Poetry by Modern Poetry Association (1914)
"The artistic tradition upon which he has to build is solely, as I have said, ... It is a great tradition, nevertheless, and essentially so in spirit, ..."

4. Anthropology: An Introduction to the Study of Man and Civilization by Edward Burnett Tylor (1899)
"It was never more necessary to have clear ideas of what tradition, ... Our own experience does not tell us much as to what such oral tradition may be worth, ..."

5. All about Hawaii (1893)
"During his time tradition records that a vessel called "Mamala" arrived at Wailuku. The captain's name is said to have been ..."

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