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[lat-i-tood-n-air-ee-uh n, -tyood-] /ˌlæt ɪˌtud nˈɛər i ən, -ˌtyud-/
allowing or characterized by latitude in opinion or conduct, especially in religious views.
a person who is latitudinarian in opinion or conduct.
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 of latitudinarian
1655-65; < Latin lātitūdin- (see latitudinal) + -arian
Related forms
latitudinarianism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for latitudinarian
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  • He strenuously inculcated the views of Christian doctrine most opposed to those of the latitudinarian party.

    Rides on Railways Samuel Sidney
  • Tillotson was so latitudinarian that his churchmanship was nebulous.

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
  • In like manner Lord Shaftesbury was a sectarian in piety and a latitudinarian in humanity.

  • He was a latitudinarian, without a spark of feeling for historic Christianity.

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
  • It is commonly the loose and latitudinarian Christians who pay quite indefensible compliments to Christianity.

    Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton
  • We live in decent times; frigid, latitudinarian, alarmed, decorous.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • They retained, after a short period of friction, a smug and latitudinarian orthodoxy, which Methodism did little to change.

    Edward Caldwell Moore Edward Moore
  • I had always associated this party with latitudinarian principles.

    Children of the Market Place Edgar Lee Masters
  • According to the most latitudinarian notions, this was the extent of the remedy in the hands of Congress.

  • latitudinarian opinions revived, and the church was regarded merely as a human institution.

British Dictionary definitions for latitudinarian


permitting or marked by freedom of attitude or behaviour, esp in religious matters
(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
a person with latitudinarian views
Derived Forms
latitudinarianism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lātitūdō breadth, latitude, influenced in form by Trinitarian
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Word Origin and History for latitudinarian

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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