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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.
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Noun1.freethinking - the doctrine that reason is the right basis for regulating conduct
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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She was more affected by the request of the committee of a freethinking club, established in the town by some of the factory hands (which he had striven against with might and main, and nearly suppressed), that some of their number might be allowed to help bear the coffin, than by anything else.
Indeed, the judiciary itself, along with the senior levels of police, security and military ranks, have been purged of independent or freethinking officials who are judged unfit for office by their perceived disloyalty to AKP's vision of the Turkish state.
Founded at the start of the 21stcentury, the Eric Hoffer Award honors freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit, especially books that are from small, academic, and micro presses, including self-published offerings.
As Marcus Buckingham (a strengths guru and author) and Ashley Goodall (a Cisco Leadership and Team Intelligence head) show in "Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World", there are some big lies in the form of distortions, faulty assumptions, and wrong thinking, that we encounter every time we show up for work.
Buckingham, an author and researcher who focuses on unlocking strengths, increasing performance, and the future of how people work, and Goodall, who works in leadership and team intelligence, identify nine lies about work, outlining systems, processes, tools, and assumptions that are flawed and showing freethinking leaders how to reject them.
/ Ang silanga'y pupula sa timyas ng paglaya.' She was a stickler for grammar but not for social convention, and encouraged freethinking. It's on the laps of such mothers, one supposes, that subversives are made, but nothing in her mild manner and domestic air would have betrayed her.
Universities are places where authorities should encourage freethinking and debate.
In his mid-30s, before he began work on what was to become his best-known achievement, Diderot was imprisoned for heretical writings and branded as one of the most dangerous evangelists of freethinking and atheism in France.
Two parallel stories run through the book: Willa Knox is trying to save the falling-down home that her recently tragedy-struck family have moved into thanks to her husband's new job at the local university; and an earlier teacher there - Thatcher Greenwood - finds the town isn't as freethinking as it appears and gets mired in problems when he tries to teach Darwin's new ideas.
The Provocative Colette is a full-color, biographical graphic novel about the talented French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954), who was extremely open-minded and freethinking, especially by the standards of her time.
Noting that the university is not only the place of studies, but also a big venue of freethinking, he told the teachers and researchers to inspire the students in various extra-curricular activities including contemporary knowledge, sports and cultural programmes.
Clarisse (Sofia Boutella), a freethinking young neighbor, turns him on to literature and reinforces his newfound views.