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1. A person submitting a request or application; a petitioner.
2. A candidate for admission into a religious order.

[French, from Old French, from Latin postulāns, postulant-, present participle of postulāre, to request; see postulate.]

pos′tu·lan·cy, pos′tu·lant·ship′ n.


a person who makes a request or application, esp a candidate for admission to a religious order
[C18: from Latin postulāns asking, from postulāre to ask, demand]
ˈpostulancy, ˈpostulantˌship n


(ˈpɒs tʃə lənt)

1. a candidate, esp. for admission into a religious order.
2. a person who asks or applies for something.
[1750–60; < French < Latin postulant- (s. of postulāns), present participle of postulāre to ask for, claim, require]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.postulant - one submitting a request or application especially one seeking admission into a religious order
petitioner, requester, suppliant, supplicant - one praying humbly for something; "a suppliant for her favors"


[ˈpɒstjʊlənt] Npostulante/a m/f


n (Rel) → Postulant(in) m(f)
References in classic literature ?
During these wanderings, Pierre noticed that he was spoken of now as the "Seeker," now as the "Sufferer," and now as the "Postulant," to the accompaniment of various knockings with mallets and swords.
When an excursion, a church, a gallery, a ruin, was proposed to him, the first thing Newman usually did, after surveying his postulant in silence, from head to foot, was to sit down at a little table and order something to drink.
He had thought to pass in without ceremony as being an initiate of Chicago; but there were particular rites in Vermissa of which they were proud, and these had to be undergone by every postulant. The assembly met in a large room reserved for such purposes at the Union House.
Concernant la garantie financiere fixee a 10 milles dinars deposee avec la demande de candidature a la presidentielle, Brinsi a precise que le postulant peut recuperer son argent au cas oo son dossier de candidature a ete refuse.
Le dossier du postulant doit par ailleurs comporter une declaration sur l'honneur attestant que l'interesse possede uniquement la nationalite algerienne d'origine et un certificat de nationalite algerienne d'origine du conjoint, selon le juriste.
Based on a script by Gary Dauberman, The Nun employs familiar tropes to pit a battle-scarred holy man (Demian Bichir) and a fresh-faced postulant (Taissa Farmiga) against ancient evil, which can assume myriad forms and heralds its approach by inverting crucifixes.
Her struggle to describe a seemingly ineffable "feeling" of God's call to become a postulant is believable.
However "our" Koce was one of the most obedient servants of Gruevski and forgot that being the Mayor of Skopje is one of the most prominent positions in the country, and decided to be humble postulant of a leader who has been long lost in the history for good with the attribute of villain.
Based on Castillo's account, she was 21 and a Carmelite postulant when the Blessed Mother appeared to her several times and passed on messages.
The Oracle of Oum'ilah has placed his faith in Ashar, a young postulant who is unsure the stones of light even exist.
Drakkor, a sympathetic villain, Ereon Qhuin, a noble slave, and Asher, an untried postulant all have unbreakable ties to the stones.
Before becoming a postulant, she taught at Crofton House School in Vancouver for 26 years.