[kuh n-fyoo-shuh n]
  1. an adherent of the teachings of Confucius.
  2. Also called Ju. a member of the school of philosophers, founded by Confucius, who codified in their teachings the traditional Chinese principles of ethics, morals, and politics.
  1. of, relating to, or resembling the teachings of Confucius.

Origin of Confucian

First recorded in 1830–40; Confuci(us) + -an
Related formsan·ti-Con·fu·cian, noun, adjectivepost-Con·fu·cian, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of confucian

  • U.S.-China relations could certainly stand a little Confucian “rectification.”

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    June 7, 2013

Historical Examples of confucian

British Dictionary definitions for confucian


  1. of or relating to the doctrines of Confucius
  1. a follower of Confucius
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