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latitudinarian

LATITUDINA'RIAN, a. Not restrained; not confined by precise limits; free; thinking or acting at large; as latitudinarian opinions or doctrines.

LATITUDINA'RIAN, 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. In theology, one who departs in opinion from the strict principles of orthodoxy; or one who indulges a latitude of thinking and interpretation; a moderate man.



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LATITUDINA'RIAN, a. Not restrained; not confined by precise limits; free; thinking or acting at large; as latitudinarian opinions or doctrines.

LATITUDINA'RIAN, 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. In theology, one who departs in opinion from the strict principles of orthodoxy; or one who indulges a latitude of thinking and interpretation; a moderate man.

LAT-I-TU-DIN-A'RI-AN, a. [Fr. latitudinaire.]

Not restrained; not confined by precise limits; free; thinking or acting at large; as, latitudinarian opinions or doctrines.


LAT-I-TU-DIN-A'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. In the Episcopal church, one who denies or doubts the divine right or origin of episcopacy, though he admits its expediency.
  3. In theology, one who departs in opinion from the strict principles of orthodoxy; or one who indulges a latitude of thinking and interpretation; a moderate man.

Lat`i*tu`di*na"ri*an
  1. Not restrained; not confined by precise limits.
  2. One who is moderate in his notions, or not restrained by precise settled limits in opinion; one who indulges freedom in thinking.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Lax in moral or religious principles.
  6. One who departs in opinion from the strict principles of orthodoxy.
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Latitudinarian

LATITUDINA'RIAN, adjective Not restrained; not confined by precise limits; free; thinking or acting at large; as latitudinarian opinions or doctrines.

LATITUDINA'RIAN, noun

1. One who is moderate in his notions, or not restrained by precise settled limits in opinion; one who indulges freedom in thinking.

2. In theology, one who departs in opinion from the strict principles of orthodoxy; or one who indulges a latitude of thinking and interpretation; a moderate man.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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GEN'ERALIZE, v.t. To extend from particulars or species to genera, or to whole kinds or classes; to make general, or common to a number.

Copernicus generalized the celestial motions, by merely referring them to the moon's motion. Newton generalized them still more, by referring this last to the motion of a stone through the air.

1. To reduce to a genus.

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