freethinking

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n freethinking the doctrine that reason is the right basis for regulating conduct
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Freethinking Undue boldness of speculation; unbelief.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Freethinking the habit of mind of a freethinker
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.

Usage

In literature:

Are you an infidel, a so-called Freethinker, and not a Christian?
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
In fact, the solid sense of Butler left the Deism of the Freethinkers not a leg to stand upon.
"Hume" by T.H. Huxley
He was a freethinker, and saw life with a wide vision that embraced the whole horizon.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
You can't give a freethinker a book with a statement of what he must find in it.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
But a World's Congress of Freethinkers has recently been held in Rome.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
Be a freethinker, if you will, on the devil, the deep sea, and the sunrise, but repress yourself in the trifles.
"Journeys to Bagdad" by Charles S. Brooks
And it is the duty of the freethinker clearly to point out why this confusion has arisen.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
Only an ignorant and fanatical freethinker from the country town of Newburyport, Massachusetts.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
He was a freethinker in a bad sense.
"A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2" by Otto von Kotzebue
Do you mean that he is a freethinker?
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
It was soon known to Bertram's world that those who regarded him as a freethinker did him no great injustice.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
They studied French, read Voltaire, and drew inspiration from the works of the English freethinkers.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
Few of them were religious men; several of them, like Perugino, were freethinkers.
"Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2" by Francis Marion Crawford
And yet, with his strong religious beliefs, he could not turn towards the freethinkers.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Let Freethinkers cherish the memory of their benefactor.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
Twelve months ago I met an American in London, who told me that he was a Freethinker, but he did not trouble himself about Freethought.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
A freethinker, he is in truth animated by the spirit of Christianity.
"Romain Rolland" by Stefan Zweig
Sir, if we mention these freethinkers at all, it must be in the strongest language.
"The Grandchildren of the Ghetto" by Israel Zangwill
By some people he was set down as a freethinker, and by others as a Roman Catholic.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery - Volume 3 (of 4)" by John Charles Dent
At the same time, they were the first jurists and the hardiest, if not the most philosophical, freethinkers of Europe.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
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In news:

Secularism after Kurtz: A freethinker 's immortality.
Freethinker 's Forum: Atheism tests traditional tolerance.
Earlier, freethinkers drank in its speakeasies.
Atheists including Agnostics and other FreeThinking Americans are famously independent and leading them is often compared to herding cats.
Finding Mormon freethinkers was not an easy thing to do until I began reading Sunstone magazine, the bad boy of the Mormon world.
My colleague John F Hill wrote a story on how a veterans memorial proposed for Lake Elsinore's Diamond Stadium is now being opposed by the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers.
Atheists, secularists and freethinkers -- gather next week in.
Ocean Beach has a longstanding reputation as a tolerant, freethinking community.
Freethought Rhode Island is a show dedicated to discussing the views of atheists, skeptics and freethinkers.
Moscow is the city of billionaires, of bombast and grandiosity, but it is also home to an emerging generation of freethinking intellectuals, self-consciously cool bars.
Located just north of Seattle, Camp Quest Northwest is a summer camp for atheists or children of atheists, self-described "freethinkers" or people not traditionally religious.
Computing pioneer Vannevar Bush outlined the Web 's core idea - hyperlinked pages - in 1945, but the first person to try to build out the concept was a freethinker named Ted Nelson who envisioned his own scheme in 1965.
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