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provincial (adj) connected with a province; not modern in outlook

A province is one of the large areas into which a country is divided. Provincial therefore means any thing connected with a province. A provincial government is the government of a province in the country. A provincial newspaper is one, which gives importance to the news of a province. Also, anything related to areas outside the capital of a country is provincial. Provincial as applied to a person or attitude refers to their unwillingness to consider new or different ideas. A provincial refuses to change his old ideas, and does not accept new things. They may be narrow-minded too. They may be old fashioned and rustic.

  • Having long lived away from towns and cities and thus being out of touch with the latest trends he is provincial. He is unwilling to accept new fashions or new ideas.
  • His provincial attitude came in the way of his daughter marrying a movie actor. He was totally against new attitudes and new trends.
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