- a person who forms opinions on the basis of reason, independent of authority or tradition, especially a person whose religious opinions differ from established belief.
Origin of freethinker
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skeptic, agnostic; atheist.
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Examples from the Web for free-thinker
What got Herndon in even more trouble with his biography was claiming that Lincoln was a free-thinker and certainly no Christian.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President
March 6, 2014
He is a free-thinker and a republican—we are church people and Tories.
Atherstone was a philosopher, a free-thinker, and a vegetarian.
He, already a free-thinker, was now revealed as a free-liver.
Her husband seems a sensible fellow, though; but the devil of a free-thinker.
John read his drama, The Free-thinker, which was duly criticised.The Growth of a Soul
- a person who forms his or her ideas and opinions independently of authority or accepted views, esp in matters of religion
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Word Origin and History for free-thinker
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