latitudinarian

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌlatɪtjuːdɪˈnɛːɹɪən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /lædɪtuːdəˈnɛɹi.ən/

Etymology[edit]

Latin latitudo (latitude) +‎ -arian

Adjective[edit]

latitudinarian (comparative more latitudinarian, superlative most latitudinarian)

  1. Not restrained; not confined by precise limits.
  2. Tolerant, especially of other people's religious views.
    • 1743, Robert Drury, The Pleasant, and Surprizing Adventures of Mr. Robert Drury, during his Fifteen Years Captivity on the Island of Madagascar, London, Preface, p. v,[1]
      ’Tis probable, that the Account here given of the Religion of the Natives of Madagascar, may, by Some, be thought a mere Fiction, and inserted with no other View, than to advance some Latitudinarian Principles []
    • 1859, S. Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature, Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson, Volume I, under the entry “Franklin, Benjamin,” p. 630,[2]
      It is not to be doubted that intimacies with English freethinkers at this period, and with French deists and atheists at a later stage in his life, did much to engender those latitudinarian sentiments upon religious subjects which Franklin is known to have entertained.
  3. Lax in moral or religious principles.

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Noun[edit]

latitudinarian (plural latitudinarians)

  1. A person who is tolerant of others' religious views.

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