from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Transmitted or transmissible from parent to child, or from older to younger, by oral communication; traditional.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Transmitted or transmissible from father to son, or from age, by oral communication; traditional.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to or based on tradition; traditional.


Latin tradere, traditum, to transmit, give up: compare French traditif. (Wiktionary)


  • Such imitation is on the surface, and does not touch the core of that mysterious combination of traditive with original elements in diction, which Milton and Virgil, alone of poets known to us, have effected.


  • "This also rests upon the practice apostolical and traditive interpretation of holy Church, and yet cannot be denied that so it ought to be, by any man that would not have his Christendom suspected.

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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