latitudinarianism

latitudinarian

[lat-i-tood-n-air-ee-uhn, -tyood-]
adjective
1.
allowing or characterized by latitude in opinion or conduct, especially in religious views.
noun
2.
a person who is latitudinarian in opinion or conduct.
3.
Anglican Church. one of the churchmen in the 17th century who maintained the wisdom of the episcopal form of government and ritual but denied its divine origin and authority.

Origin:
1655–65; < Latin lātitūdin- (see latitudinal) + -arian

latitudinarianism, noun
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latitudinarian (ˌlætɪˌtjuːdɪˈnɛərɪən)
 
adj
1.  permitting or marked by freedom of attitude or behaviour, esp in religious matters
2.  (sometimes capital) of or relating to a school of thought within the Church of England in the 17th century that minimized the importance of divine authority in matters of doctrine and stressed the importance of reason and personal judgment
 
n
3.  a person with latitudinarian views
 
[C17: from Latin lātitūdō breadth, latitude, influenced in form by Trinitarian]
 
latitudi'narianism
 
n

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latitudinarian
1660s, "characterized by broad-mindedness," especially in reference to Episcopal clergymen indifferent to doctrinal details; from latitude in its meaning "freedom from narrow restrictions" (c.1600).
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