Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who has formed their opinions using reason and rational enquiry; somebody who has rejected dogma, especially with regard to religion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who speculates or forms opinions independently of the authority of others; esp., in the sphere or religion, one who forms opinions independently of the authority of revelation or of the church; an unbeliever; -- a term assumed by deists and skeptics in the eighteenth century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is not guided in the formation of his beliefs by obedience to authority, but submits the claims of authority to reason as the ultimate arbiter.
  • n. Synonyms Unbeliever, Skeptic, etc. See infidel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who believes that God created the universe and then abandoned it

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Examples

  • Now my first reaction to "freethinker" is "well, you get what you pay for," and nothing in the essay caused me to alter that opinion.

    October 18th, 2009

  • Next election, the freethinker is tossed, either by the nomination committee or the electorate.

    some scary thoughts

  • * An unidentified Major in Iraq -- a fundamentalist Christian pretending to be a "freethinker" -- for attending the first meeting of atheist service members under the umbrella of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, then verbally berating the other attendees, accusing them of plotting against Christians and disrespecting soldiers who have died protecting the Constitution.

    Paul Krassner: A**holes of the Week #6

  • A freethinker is a person who forms an opinion about religion, politics and morals independently of tradition, authority or established belief.

    Osama Bin Laden Renamed Muqtada al-Sadr by America

  • I know, -- "and the Cardinal hesitated a moment," I know I can speak quite plainly to you, for you are what is called a freethinker -- yet

    The Master-Christian

  • He is known as a freethinker, a supporter of women's rights, an advocate of equality, and a pioneer in everything from drama to technology.

    BroadwayWorld.com Quebec Stories

  • at one time a freethinker was a man who had been brought up in the conception of religion, law, and morality, who reached freethought only after conflict and difficulty.

    A Scientific Worldview?

  • Reply: Oh? So it's okay for you to call me "lazy, inept, naive", but it is not okay for me to call you a liberal, for whatever substitution you may want to use (i.e. individual "freethinker")?

    The Mailer That Put the Final Nail in the McCain Campaign Coffin

  • Four soldiers attended this meeting - all of them very junior enlisted soldiers with the exception of one Major an O-4, who claimed to be a "freethinker".

    What Fundamentalist Christians and Radical Muslims Have In Common

  • Only in the religious questions we meet with a clear system: they are all addressed to Malevole, who is represented as a kind of freethinker, similar to the one whom

    Shakspere and Montaigne

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