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1. A person submitting a request or application; a petitioner.
2. A candidate for admission into a religious order.

[French, from Old French, from Latin postulāns, postulant-, present participle of postulāre, to request; see postulate.]

pos′tu·lan·cy, pos′tu·lant·ship′ n.


a person who makes a request or application, esp a candidate for admission to a religious order
[C18: from Latin postulāns asking, from postulāre to ask, demand]
ˈpostulancy, ˈpostulantˌship n


(ˈpɒs tʃə lənt)

1. a candidate, esp. for admission into a religious order.
2. a person who asks or applies for something.
[1750–60; < French < Latin postulant- (s. of postulāns), present participle of postulāre to ask for, claim, require]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.postulant - one submitting a request or application especially one seeking admission into a religious order
petitioner, requester, suppliant, supplicant - one praying humbly for something; "a suppliant for her favors"


[ˈpɒstjʊlənt] Npostulante/a m/f


n (Rel) → Postulant(in) m(f)
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