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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.


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


(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.
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"
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.
In the 1990s, after Republicans had held the White House for 12 long years, most Democrats were latitudinarian about Clinton's rhetorical and substantive apostasies from liberal dogma on crime, abortion, immigration, welfare, and other charged issues that intersect identity politics.
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.
I owe this interpretation of Mandeville as an Arminian or, in the English context, a Latitudinarian to Arne C.
Four essays on individual figures and their importance provide case studies of little-known ecclesiastical activism, correspondence, and presence in the culture of polite letters: Melinda Zook's "A Latitudinarian Queen: Mary II and her Churchmen"; Sarah Hutton's Religion and Sociability in the Correspondence of Damaris Masham (1658-1708)"; William Kolbrener's "Slander, Conversation, and the Making of the Christian Public Sphere in Mary Astell's A Serious Proposal to the Ladies and The Christian Religion as Profess'd by a Daughter of the Church of England"; and Emma Major's "The Life and Works of Catherine Talbot (1721-70).
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.
In Chapter 7 the authors give examples of the Seminary Professor at Maynooth grappling with pedantic matters of Canon Law in the Irish Ecclesiastical Review, but equally of his more latitudinarian approach to the practicalities of episcopal discipline.
Chandler thereby establishes this process as one "deep principle of intelligibility in" what has become the modern "aesthetic and ethical structuring of experience" (330), finding it most thoroughly articulated before the 1780s by Laurence Sterne, albeit in a way that is shown to build powerfully on Adam Smith, Samuel Richardson, and Latitudinarian religiosity.