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1. Universalism The doctrine, held especially by some Christian groups, that all people will eventually be saved.
2. The condition of being universal, as in range or application; universality: the universalism of a signaling system in human cells.
3. The belief that a particular theory or religion has universal application and is not limited in scope.

u′ni·ver′s·alist adj. & n.


1. a universal feature or characteristic
2. another word for universality
3. (Social Welfare) social welfare the principle that welfare services should be available to all by right, according to need, and not restricted by individual ability to pay, but funded by general contributions through taxes, rates, or national insurance payments


(Theology) a system of religious beliefs maintaining that all men are predestined for salvation
ˌUniˈversalist n, adj


(ˌyu nəˈvɜr səˌlɪz əm)

1. universal character; universality.
2. a universal range of knowledge, interests, or activities.
3. (cap.) the doctrine that emphasizes the universal fatherhood of God and the final salvation of all souls.


1. the theological doctrine that all men will finally be saved or brought back to holiness and God.
2. the doctrines and practices of the Universalist denomination. — Universalist, n., adj. — Universalistic, adj.
See also: Protestantism
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Noun1.universalism - the theological doctrine that all people will eventually be saved
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
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