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provincialnoun [C]

uk   us   /prəˈvɪn.ʃəl/ mainly disapproving
a ​person who comes from ​somewhere in a ​countryoutsideitscapitalcity

provincialadjective

uk   us   /prəˈvɪn.ʃəl/
relating to an ​area that is ​governed as ​part of a ​country or an empire: provincial ​governmentsC2 in or from the ​parts of the ​country that are not the ​capitalcity: The ​majority of ​youngprofessionals in the ​capital have ​moved there from provincial ​towns. disapproving having ​opinions and ​ideas that are ​old-fashioned and ​simple: provincial ​attitudes

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provincialism
noun [U] uk   us   /-ɪ.zəm/ disapproving
(Definition of provincial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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provincialadjective

 us   /prəˈvɪn·ʃəl/
of or ​relating to a ​province, or to the ​parts of a ​countryoutsideitscapital or most ​importantcity: provincial governments disapproving A provincial ​person has ​limitedideas and is not ​willing to ​understand or ​accept new ​ideas or ​ways of ​behaving.
(Definition of provincial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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