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

  • adj. Not in agreement with accepted beliefs, especially in church doctrine or dogma.
  • adj. Holding unorthodox opinions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to creeds, beliefs, or teachings, especially religious ones, that are different from the norm ('orthodox'), but not sufficiently different to be called heretical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Contrary to, or differing from, some acknowledged standard, as the Bible, the creed of a church, the decree of a council, and the like; not orthodox; heretical; -- said of opinions, doctrines, books, etc., esp. upon theological subjects.
  • adj. Holding heterodox opinions, or doctrines not orthodox; heretical; -- said of persons.
  • n. An opinion opposed to some accepted standard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In theology, holding opinions not in accord with some generally recognized standard of doctrine, such as the creed of a church or the decrees of councils; not orthodox; heretical.
  • Hence, in general Not in accord with the established standard of belief.
  • n. An opinion not in accord with that which is generally accepted; a peculiar view.

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

  • adj. characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards

Etymologies

Greek heterodoxos : hetero-, hetero- + doxa, opinion (from dokein, to think; see dek- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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