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postulant

[pos-chuh-luh nt] /ˈpɒs tʃə lənt/
noun
1.
a candidate, especially for admission into a religious order.
2.
a person who asks or applies for something.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < French < Latin postulant- (stem of postulāns), present participle of postulāre to ask for, claim, require
Related forms
postulantship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for postulant

postulant

/ˈpɒstjʊlənt/
noun
1.
a person who makes a request or application, esp a candidate for admission to a religious order
Derived Forms
postulancy, postulantship, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin postulāns asking, from postulāre to ask, demand
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Word Origin and History for postulant
n.

1759, from French postulant "applicant, candidate," literally "one who asks," from Latin postulantem (nominative postulans), present participle of postulare "to ask, demand" (see postulate (v.)).

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