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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
References in classic literature ?
They were Presbyterians, the judge was a freethinker.
Socrates is nowhere represented to us as a freethinker or sceptic.
To all this her mother replied that Alexandra was a freethinker, and that all this was due to that "cursed woman's rights question."
He was one of the great humanitarian French freethinkers; and the only thing wrong with them is that they make mercy even colder than justice.
The effect of the Foote and Ramsey imprisonment could not be minimised as their trials and tribulations from prosecution to eventual release were avidly followed by liberal thinkers in the `Prisoner for Blasphemy' column of the Freethinker. This was augmented by a number of later pamphlets which eventually joined the literature feeding into the campaign for the repeal of the blasphemy laws.
French storyteller and humanist who attained notoriety as a freethinker.
A fairly able commander, Orleans owed his positions less to ability than to his social and dynastic position; although intelligent and generous, Orleans was a notoriously cynical freethinker and libertine, and a drunkard as well.
She was an outspoken freethinker in religion and a crusader for more equitable distribution of property as well as for women's rights, free public education, and the abolition of slavery.
A freethinker and a soldier, famed for his skill in duels as well as for his inordinately long nose, Cyrano served as inspiration for the central character in Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac (1897).
I suggest this reader consider the history of profanity in literature and art--and the attempts to silence it--and ask where, as a humanist and freethinker, she wants to be in that history.
She declares that "it is time to revive the evocative and honorable freethinker, with its insistence that Americans think for themselves instead of relying on received opinion.
Of course not, he was one of us, a liberal, a freethinker, a little pragmatic perhaps, the end justifying the means, but...' Nick groaned, foreseeing one of those lengthy philosophic discussions he usually enjoyed with Marlowe, but he had other things on his mind.