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

  • n. A person submitting a request or application; a petitioner.
  • n. A candidate for admission into a religious order.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person seeking admission to a religious order
  • n. A person who submits a petition for something; a petitioner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes a request or demand; hence, a candidate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which postulates, demands, or asks; specifically, a candidate for membership in a religious order during the period preparatory to his admission into the novitiate; in the American Episcopal Church, an applicant for admission to candidateship for the ministry, not yet received as candidate.

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

  • n. one submitting a request or application especially one seeking admission into a religious order

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Latin postulāns, postulant-, present participle of postulāre, to request; see postulate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French postulant, present participle of postuler. (Wiktionary)

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