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[truh-doo-shuh-niz-uh m, -dyoo-] /trəˈdu ʃəˌnɪz əm, -ˈdyu-/
noun, Theology.
the doctrine that the human soul is propagated along with the body.
Compare creationism (def 3).
Origin of traducianism
1840-50; < Late Latin trādūciānus transmitter (trāduci-, stem of trādux lineage (Latin: vine led across for propagation, derivative of trādūcere to lead across; see traduce) + -ānus -an) + -ism
Related forms
traducianist, traducian, noun, adjective
traducianistic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for traducianism


the theory that the soul is transmitted to a child in the act of generation or concomitantly with its body Compare creationism
Derived Forms
traducianist, traducian, noun, adjective
traducianistic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Church Latin trādūciānus, from trādux transmission; see traduce
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