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1. The tendency to separate into religious denominations.
2. Advocacy of separation into religious denominations.
3. Strict adherence to a denomination; sectarianism.

de·nom′i·na′tion·al·ist n. & adj.
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However, this does not mean that a society's laws and institutions specifically and necessarily need to be underwritten and codified by True Believers and their denominationalist creeds and doctrines.
BAGHDAD/ Aswat al-Iraq: Vice-President Iyad Alawi said that the previous political atmosphere was dominated by sectarianism and denominationalist attitudes, pointing that this era is 'the last chance to get rid of them".
He describes himself as a small-d denominationalist. And while he struggles in his life (as we all do, with work and other stresses), he is open to talking about many issues, including doubt, that arise from a life of faith.
Despite his support for the Orange Order, Robertson was never a hardened denominationalist and seems to have felt a greater belonging among the ranks of the city's Freemasons.
Still he ended up neither an anti-cultural sectarian nor a religiously privatized denominationalist. He was a Catholic apologist and evangelist, but also an American citizen with equal claim on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
At the same time, the language of inter-Christian encounters and unity endeavors must be reconsidered in such a way that does not privilege one particular (denominationalist) concept of Christian experience and Christian unity, which, no matter how nuanced, is a concept foreign to a huge proportion of the partners at the ecumenical table.
Globally, the World Christian Encyclopedia estimates that roughly 20 percent of the world's 2.2 billion Christians today are part of what it calls "independent Christianity," defined as forms of faith and worship "separated from, uninterested in, and independent of historic, denominationalist Christianity." Typically, these folks eschew any label other than "Christian" for their religious identity.
The 423 million Independents in 222 countries have no interest in and no use for historic denominationalist Christianity.