- 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 freethinking
The responsibility of a freethinking adult is to learn how to make the right judgment.David Foster Wallace, Traditionalist? Considering ‘Both Flesh and Not: Essays’
November 2, 2012
Compare Bentley on Freethinking, from which much of this is derived.
The only tutor I valued—you, Koll—had been dismissed; they considered you to be too freethinking.Three Dramas
Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
To these Protestants he would doubtless have joined the freethinking Bolingbroke.Alexander Pope
There is positively a child-cultus in the great French cities, and especially in Freethinking Paris.Flowers of Freethought
George W. Foote
But our Sham Rao had a slight tendency to freethinking, as we knew, and besides, he was too much of an admirer of Haeckel.From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan
Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
- 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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