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traditional

adjective  /trəˈdɪʃ·ən·əl/ us  
following or belonging to the ways of behaving or beliefs that have been established for a long time: the traditional two-parent family traditional Southern cooking the traditional politeness of Japanese culture
traditionally
adverb  /trəˈdɪʃ·ən·əl·i/ us  
The Democratic Party won a seat in the Senate that has traditionally been held by a Republican.
(Definition of traditional from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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