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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)
References in classic literature ?
During these wanderings, Pierre noticed that he was spoken of now as the "Seeker," now as the "Sufferer," and now as the "Postulant," to the accompaniment of various knockings with mallets and swords.
When an excursion, a church, a gallery, a ruin, was proposed to him, the first thing Newman usually did, after surveying his postulant in silence, from head to foot, was to sit down at a little table and order something to drink.
He had thought to pass in without ceremony as being an initiate of Chicago; but there were particular rites in Vermissa of which they were proud, and these had to be undergone by every postulant. The assembly met in a large room reserved for such purposes at the Union House.
Les postulants doivent egalement produire une attestation de travail datant de 2019 delivree par le ministre de tutelle ou une personne mandatee a cet effet ou le gouverneur de District, le president du conseil regional, le maire pour les collectivites territoriales, le bulletin de paie solde, l'attestation de presence au poste de l'annee 2019, la quittance du paiement des droits d'inscription (23.500 francs CFA), une pochette de candidature et une photocopie legalisee du diplome.
Summary: Les candidats retenus pour l'election presidentielle pourront se desister et renoncer a la course electorale avant la proclamation officielle de la liste definitive des postulants, a declare, mercredi, la membre
Les postulants a la candidature sont le president sortant, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, le president du Front El Moustakbal, Abdelaziz Belaid et Abdelkader Bengrina du mouvement El Bina.
The tortured Reverend Mother of the convent complains to God that she has made "every conceivable kind of sacrifice." One of Cathleen's fellow postulants owes her presence at the convent to her mother's belief that at least one child "should be sacrificed" to God.
She has seen mute postulants and a ton of wasted money ...
She was with six Ecuadorian postulants, in the early stages of joining the order, when the disaster struck.
"The number of candidates seeking to become members of parliament stands at 266, while the number of postulants for a municipal council seat is 153," Abdullah Hassan Al Buainain, executive director of the elections, said.
Legislation and Legal Opinion Chief, National Elections 2014 Executive Director Abdulla bin Hassan Al-Buainain released the final list, pointing out that 11 postulants opted to pull out of the race.