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One who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation.

free′think′ing adj. & n.


a person who forms his or her ideas and opinions independently of authority or accepted views, esp in matters of religion
ˌfreeˈthinking n, adj


(ˈfriˈθɪŋ kər)

a person who forms opinions on the basis of reason, independent of authority or tradition.
free′think′ing, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.freethinker - a person who believes that God created the universe and then abandoned it
nonreligious person - a person who does not manifest devotion to a deity


[ˈfriːˈθɪŋkəʳ] Nlibrepensador(a) m/f


[ˌfriːˈθɪŋkəʳ] nlibero/a pensatore/trice
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