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Meaning of LATITUDINARIAN

Pronunciation:  `lati`tood'nehrun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a person who is broad-minded and tolerant (especially in standards of religious belief and conduct)
  2. [adj]  unwilling to accept authority or dogma (especially in religion)
 

LATITUDINARIAN is a 14 letter word that starts with L.

 

 Synonyms: broad-minded, free-thinking, undogmatic, undogmatical
 
 See Also: liberal, progressive

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Lat`i*tu`di*na"ri*an\, a. [Cf. F.
    latitudinaire.]
    1. Not restrained; not confined by precise limits.
    
    2. Indifferent to a strict application of any standard of
       belief or opinion; hence, deviating more or less widely
       from such standard; lax in doctrine; as, latitudinarian
       divines; latitudinarian theology.
    
             Latitudinarian sentiments upon religious subjects.
                                                   --Allibone.
    
    3. Lax in moral or religious principles.
    
    
  2. \Lat`i*tu`di*na"ri*an\, n.
    1. One who is moderate in his notions, or not restrained by
       precise settled limits in opinion; one who indulges
       freedom in thinking.
    
    2. (Eng. Eccl. Hist.) A member of the Church of England, in
       the time of Charles II., who adopted more liberal notions
       in respect to the authority, government, and doctrines of
       the church than generally prevailed.
    
             They were called ``men of latitude;'' and upon this,
             men of narrow thoughts fastened upon them the name
             of latitudinarians.                   --Bp. Burnet.
    
    3. (Theol.) One who departs in opinion from the strict
       principles of orthodoxy.
    
    
 
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