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latitudinarian

[lat-i-tood-n-air-ee-uh n, -tyood-] /ˌlæt ɪˌtud nˈɛər i ən, -ˌtyud-/
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
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin lātitūdin- (see latitudinal) + -arian
Related forms
latitudinarianism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for latitudinarianism

latitudinarian

/ˌlætɪˌtjuːdɪˈnɛərɪən/
adjective
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
noun
3.
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 latitudinarianism

latitudinarian

adj.

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.

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Encyclopedia Article for latitudinarianism

latitudinarian

any of the 17th-century Anglican clerics whose beliefs and practices were viewed by conservatives as unorthodox or, at best, heterodox. After first being applied to the Cambridge Platonists, the term was later used to categorize churchmen who depended upon reason to establish the moral certainty of Christian doctrines rather than argument from tradition. Limiting that doctrine to what had to be accepted, they allowed for latitude on other teachings. The Latitudinarians thus became the precursors of the similar Broad Church (q.v.) movement in the 19th-century Church of England.

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