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English definition of “orthodox”


adjective     /ˈɔːθədɒks/
traditional, and accepted by most people: Orthodox economic theory has failed to explain the role of technological change in society. orthodox strategies for socio-economic development in developing countries → Compare unorthodox
(Definition of orthodox adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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