from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The belief, based solely on reason, in a God who created the universe and then abandoned it, assuming no control over life, exerting no influence on natural phenomena, and giving no supernatural revelation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A philosophical belief in the existence of a god (or goddess) knowable through human reason; especially, a belief in a creator god unaccompanied by any belief in supernatural phenomena or specific religious doctrines.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine or creed of a deist; the belief or system of those who acknowledge the existence of one God, but deny revelation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine that God is distinct, and separated from the world. See deist, 1.
- n. Belief in the existence of a personal God, accompanied with the denial of revelation and of the authority of the Christian church.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the form of theological rationalism that believes in God on the basis of reason without reference to revelation
French déisme, from Latin deus, god.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin deus ("god, deity") + -ism. (Wiktionary)