Latitudinarian 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

They were called ``men of latitude;'' and upon this, men of narrow thoughts fastened upon them the name of latitudinarians. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

3. (Theol.) One who departs in opinion from the strict principles of orthodoxy. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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