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no·vi·ti·atealso no·vi·ci·ate (nō-vĭsh′ē-ĭt, -āt′)
1. The period of being a novice.
2. A place where novices live.
3. See novice.
[Medieval Latin novīciātus, from novīcius, novice; see novice.]
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novitiate(nəʊˈvɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt) or
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the state of being a novice, esp in a religious order, or the period for which this lasts
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the part of a religious house where the novices live
3. a less common word for novice
[C17: from French noviciat, from Latin novīcius novice]
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no•vi•ti•ate(noʊˈvɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt)
1. the state or period of being a novice, as of a religious order.
2. the quarters occupied by religious novices.
[1590–1600; < Medieval Latin novītiātus =novīti(us) novice]
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|Noun||1.||novitiate - the period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order)|
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"
|2.||novitiate - someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows|
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
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1. apprenticeship, training, probation These monks left the monastery without completing their novitiate.
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1. An entrant who has not yet taken the final vows of a religious order:
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