faith-based

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Etymology[edit]

faith+based. The political sense emerges in the 1970s to 1980s. The term "faith-based organization" dates from 1971.[1]

Adjective[edit]

faith-based (comparative more faith-based, superlative most faith-based)

  1. (theology, religious studies) based on religious faith
    ... a self-confidence which stems from faith in the Buddha and His power. By this faith-based confidence they cure themselves." (1982)[2]
  2. (chiefly US, euphemistic) of civic associations connected with religious groups, specifically of such organizations sponsored by government funds
    You are requesting a $2,100,000 increase for a "Faith Based and Community Initiatives," for a total of $37,432,000 [...]. What distinguishes these projects from faith-based initiatives of the Employment and Training Administration? (1988)[3]

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