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theological

[thee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌθi əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or involved with theology:
a theological student.
2.
based upon the nature and will of God as revealed to humans.
Sometimes, theologic.
Origin of theological
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin theologicālis, equivalent to theologic(us) (< Greek theologikós; see theology, -ic) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
theologically, adverb
antitheological, adjective
nontheologic, adjective
nontheological, adjective
nontheologically, adverb
pretheological, adjective
semitheological, adjective
semitheologically, adverb
untheologic, adjective
untheological, adjective
untheologically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for theological
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  • He dealt with the question on theological, legal and social grounds.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • He had no theological degree, but the whole University, doctors and all, went to hear him.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • It is based on theological juggling and traditional sophisms.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • These three stages are the theological, the Metaphysical, and the Positive.

  • God create them; they are not the product of theological colleges.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for theological

theological

/ˌθɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or based on theology
2.
based on God's revelation to man of his nature, his designs, and his will
3.
(informal) difficult to understand; esoteric
Derived Forms
theologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for theological
adj.

1520s, from Medieval Latin theologicalis, from Latin theologicus, from theologia (see theology). Earlier was theologic (late 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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