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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tradition  \Tra*di"tion\,  n.  [OE.  tradicioun  L.  traditio,  from 
  tradere  to  give  up  transmit.  See  {Treason},  {Traitor}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  delivering  into  the  hands  of  another;  delivery. 
  ``A  deed  takes  effect  only  from  the  tradition  or 
  delivery.''  --Blackstone. 
  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 
  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-Pr['e].  --Longfellow. 
  4.  (Theol.) 
  a  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. 
  b  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 
  {Tradition  Sunday}  (Eccl.),  Palm  Sunday;  --  so  called  because 
  the  creed  was  then  taught  to  candidates  for  baptism  at 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tradition  \Tra*di"tion\,  v.  t. 
  To  transmit  by  way  of  tradition;  to  hand  down  [Obs.] 
  The  following  story  is  .  .  .  traditioned  with  very  much 
  credit  amongst  our  English  Catholics.  --Fuller. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  inherited  pattern  of  thought  or  action 
  2:  a  specific  practice  of  long  standing  [syn:  {custom}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  any  kind  of  teaching,  written  or  spoken,  handed  down  from 
  generation  to  generation.  In  Mark  7:3,  9,  13,  Col.  2:8,  this 
  word  refers  to  the  arbitrary  interpretations  of  the  Jews.  In  2 
  Thess.  2:15;  3:6,  it  is  used  in  a  good  sense  Peter  (1  Pet. 
  1:18)  uses  this  word  with  reference  to  the  degenerate  Judaism  of 
  the  "strangers  scattered"  whom  he  addresses  (comp.  Acts  15:10; 
  Matt.  15:2-6;  Gal.  1:14). 

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