A belief, custom or way of doing something that has existed for a long time among a particular group of people; a set of these beliefs or customs: religious /cultural/ literary tradition
[4.] Tradition as a noun:
• 1 [mass noun] the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way:members of different castes have by tradition been associated with specific occupations
• [count noun] a long-established custom or belief that has been passed on from one generation to another:Japan’s unique cultural traditions
• [in singular] an artistic or literary method or style established by an artist, writer, or movement, and subsequently followed by others:visionary works in the tradition of William Blake
• 2 Theology a doctrine believed to have divine authority though not in the scriptures, in particular:
• [mass noun] (in Christianity) doctrine not explicit in the Bible but held to derive from the oral teaching of Christ and the Apostles.
• (in Judaism) an ordinance of the oral law not in the Torah but held to have been given by God to Moses.
• (in Islam) a saying or act ascribed to the Prophet but not recorded in the Koran.
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