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 (lăt′ĭ-to͞od′n-âr′ē-ən, -tyo͞od′-)
Holding or expressing broad or tolerant views, especially in religious matters.
n. Latitudinarian
A member of a group of Anglican Christians active from the 17th through the 19th century who were opposed to dogmatic positions of the Church of England and allowed reason to inform theological interpretation and judgment.

[Latin lātitūdō, lātitūdin-, latitude; see latitude + -arian.]

lat′i·tu′di·nar′i·an·ism n.
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1. permitting or marked by freedom of attitude or behaviour, esp in religious matters
2. (Anglicanism) (sometimes capital) of or relating to a school of thought within the Church of England in the 17th century that minimized the importance of divine authority in matters of doctrine and stressed the importance of reason and personal judgment
(Anglicanism) a person with latitudinarian views
[C17: from Latin lātitūdō breadth, latitude, influenced in form by Trinitarian]
ˌlatiˌtudiˈnarianism n
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(ˌlæt ɪˌtud nˈɛər i ən, -ˌtyud-)

1. characterized by latitude in opinion or conduct.
2. a person who is latitudinarian.
lat`i•tu`di•nar′i•an•ism, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.latitudinarian - a person who is broad-minded and tolerant (especially in standards of religious belief and conduct)
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
liberal, liberalist, progressive - a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
Adj.1.latitudinarian - unwilling to accept authority or dogma (especially in religion)
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
broad-minded - inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own; "a judge who is broad-minded but even-handed"
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References in classic literature ?
Doubtless, it is part of the ideal of the Anglican Church that, under certain safeguards, it should find room for latitudinarians even among its clergy.
The grim Puritan interest of the whole neighborhood was, of course, on the grave side--against both dancing and novels, as proposed by local loose thinkers and latitudinarians of every degree.
At the outset, English correctness reinforced by snobbery and further backed up by what Mencken calls "Anglomaniacs" prevailed over American latitudinarian inventiveness.
But our theorists should heed two warnings, which might constrain somewhat Tamanaha's otherwise latitudinarian attitude regarding what indigenous people "do with" their law.
"Without the open texture of the constitutional provisions [in question] and the Supreme Court's latitudinarian interpretations of congressional power," Klarman rounds off this passage in his book, Americans would had have little choice but to "scrap" the Constitution as of "antiquarian interest" only (p.
(55) In Letters, Milner engaged in a heated controversy with Sturges, the Anglican chancellor of Winchester and chaplain to the King, over the latitudinarian and anti-Catholic doctrines of the late bishop of Winchester, Benjamin Hoadly, in which papal supremacy played a central role.
The reaction to the "many sides" and "fine people" improvisations was, at once, two-fold: support for the president among regressives, and those whose jobs rely on his largesse, or arraignment by political adversaries, latitudinarian interest groups and business leaders.
(20) But the parallel fact of latitudinarian readings of transfer regimes--that is, schemes that authorize distributing funds (21)--has largely escaped attention.
These views are typically Remonstrant or, as Mandeville thinks the clergy would consider him, "latitudinarian, if not worse." (21)
The chapter on Mary II details a number of achievements of this activist, forthrightly latitudinarian regnant Queen who did much to secure religious toleration and liberty for the eighteenth century by appointing twenty-five bishops opposed to preaching against Dissenters, and making Tillotson Archbishop of Canterbury.
(42) But even if he was a latitudinarian Anglican, an Enlightenment Christian, or a conservative Deist, he would have viewed Jesus as--at least--an exemplar of virtue.
(52) This is a more latitudinarian version of Rawls's overlapping consensus.