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Is·ma·i·li(ĭs′mä-ē′lē) also Is·ma·i·li·an (-ē′lē-ən)
n. pl. Is·ma·i·lis also Is·ma·i·li·ans
A member of a branch of Shiism that follows a living imam and is noted for esoteric philosophy.
[Arabic Isma'īlīy, after Isma'īl (died 760), son of the sixth imam, Jafar (700?-765).]
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1. (Islam) a Shiah sect whose adherents believe that Ismail, son of the sixth imam, was the rightful seventh imam
2. (Islam) Also called: Ismailian a member of this sect
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|Noun||1.||Ismaili - an adherent of Ismailism; a member of the Ismaili branch of Shiism|
|Adj.||1.||Ismaili - of or relating to a branch of Shiism that is noted for its esoteric philosophy|
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