|1.||conforming with established or accepted standards, as in religion, behaviour, or attitudes|
|2.||conforming to the Christian faith as established by the early Church|
|[C16: via Church Latin from Greek orthodoxos, from orthos correct + doxa belief]|
(from Greek orthodoxos, "of the right opinion"), true doctrine and its adherents as opposed to heterodox or heretical doctrines and their adherents. The word was first used in early 4th-century Christianity by the Greek Fathers. Because almost every Christian group believes that it holds the true faith (though not necessarily exclusively), the meaning of "orthodox" in a particular instance can be correctly determined only after examination of the context in which it appears.
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