adjective Date: 1697 not insisting on strict conformity to a particular doctrine or standard ; tolerant; specifically tolerant of variations in religious opinion or doctrine • latitudinarian nounlatitudinarianism noun

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  • Latitudinarian — Lat i*tu di*na ri*an, a. [Cf. F. latitudinaire.] 1. Not restrained; not confined by precise limits. [1913 Webster] 2. Indifferent to a strict application of any standard of belief or opinion; hence, deviating more or less widely from such… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Latitudinarian — was initially a pejorative term applied to a group of 17th century English theologians who believed in conforming to official Church of England practices but who felt that matters of doctrine, liturgical practice, and ecclesiastical organization… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • latitudinarian — index nonpartisan, open minded Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • latitudinarian — (adj.) 1660s, characterized by broad mindedness, especially in reference to Episcopal clergymen indifferent to doctrinal details; from L. latitudin , from LATITUDE (Cf. latitude) in its meaning freedom from narrow restrictions (c.1600). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • latitudinarian — [lat΄ə to͞o΄də ner′ē ən, lat΄ətyo͞o′də ner′ē ən] adj. [< L latitudo (gen. latitudinis): see LATITUDE & ARIAN] liberal in one s views; permitting free thought, esp. in religious matters; very tolerant n. a person who has very liberal views and …   English World dictionary

  • latitudinarian — latitudinarianism, n. /lat i toohd n air ee euhn, tyoohd /, adj. 1. allowing or characterized by latitude in opinion or conduct, esp. in religious views. n. 2. a person who is latitudinarian in opinion or conduct. 3. Anglican Ch. one of the… …   Universalium

  • latitudinarian — [ˌlatɪtju:dɪ nɛ:rɪən] adjective liberal, especially in religious views. noun a person with a latitudinarian attitude. Derivatives latitudinarianism noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • latitudinarian — noun (C) formal someone who is willing to accept other people s beliefs and behaviour latitudinarian adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • latitudinarian — lat•i•tu•di•nar•i•an [[t]ˌlæt ɪˌtud nˈɛər i ən, ˌtyud [/t]] adj. 1) characterized by latitude in opinion or conduct 2) a person who is latitudinarian • Etymology: 1655–65 lat i•tu di•nar′i•an•ism, n …   From formal English to slang

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