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1. Adherence to tradition, especially in cultural or religious practice.
2. A system holding that all knowledge is derived from original divine revelation and is transmitted by tradition.

tra·di′tion·al·ist adj. & n.
tra·di′tion·al·is′tic adj.
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Adj.1.traditionalistic - adhering to tradition especially in cultural or religious practicestraditionalistic - adhering to tradition especially in cultural or religious practices
traditional - consisting of or derived from tradition; "traditional history"; "traditional morality"


Strongly favoring retention of the existing order:
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A traditionalistic administrator may well say: eliminate that sizable submaximal productivity and just concentrate on that outstanding one-third.
Other central targets are to cross traditionalistic gender boundaries and to bring both diversified understanding and openness to this research field.
11) States with a traditionalistic culture, for instance, were distinct because of their low levels of spending and taxes.
traditionalistic, and the revolutionary socialist variant of
The integration of Scripture in the whole of the tradition is not a traditionalistic view, because it does not claim that the historically developed forms of faith stand over the Scripture.
Only in a formalistic, routinized, traditionalistic rather than traditional, social milieu do moral and other prejudices rigidify, so that particular norms are mistaken for absolutes that permit of no exceptions regardless of circumstances.
5) In the South-Eastern European area, a similar statement, which described ethnology in Yugoslavia as traditionalistic, atheoretical, and of little interest to American-style cultural anthropology, was written by American anthropologists Joel Halpern and Eugene Hammel (1969).
The exhibition is truly a passage into the history of the calligraphic Arabic script exploring styles through its primal birth, traditionalistic adherence to the hurufiyya school of calligraphy, its metamorphosis, growth and evolution into modern expressions of the art today.
43) Similarly, managerial and technocratic values infect the training and dominate the administrative and bureaucratic environments of educational elites, and so they bring to the public schools "'leadership practices" that, to quote one of them, "advance an epidemic plaguing many American school cultures: that of traditionalistic, bureaucratic, positivistic, autocratic pedagogical approaches to teaching, learning, and leading.
Despite introducing significant socio-economic changes, the Saudi royal family has carefully controlled the pattern of modernization in order to preserve a very traditionalistic Islamic culture and maintain the close links between Islam and the state (: 50).
This combination of traditionalistic and modernizing trends, as well as patriarchal and innovative structures, can be seen most clearly in the position of women, not only in the societies of the Middle East that are dominated by Islam but also in the churches, especially the Orthodox ones, which supposedly are bearers of another ethos and reality, in which "there is neither male nor female" (Gal.
While there may be individual cases of this actually happening, ultimately his charge is wildly overblown and overly traditionalistic.