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 (trə-do͞o′shə-nĭz′əm, -dyo͞o′-)
n. Theology
The belief that the soul is inherited from the parents along with the body.

[From Late Latin trādūciānus, believer in traducianism, from trādux, trāduc-, inheritance, from Latin, vine-branch trained for propagation, from trādūcere, to lead across; see traduce.]

tra·du′cian·ist adj. & n.
tra·du′cian·is′tic adj.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) the theory that the soul is transmitted to a child in the act of generation or concomitantly with its body. Compare creationism
[C18: from Church Latin trādūciānus, from trādux transmission; see traduce]
traˈducianist, traˈducian n, adj
traˌducianˈistic adj
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Theology. the doctrine that a new human soul is generated from the souls of the parents at the moment of conception. — traducianist, n. — traducianistic, adj.
See also: Soul
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