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free thought

noun
  1. thought unrestrained by deference to authority, tradition, or established belief, especially in matters of religion.
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Origin of free thought

First recorded in 1705–15
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Historical Examples of free thought

  • About this time the free-thought movement was at its height.

    The Son of a Servant

    August Strindberg

  • The black militia of theology are the sworn foes of Free-thought.

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

  • Civilization advances by free-thought, free speech, free men.

    Woman, Church & State

    Matilda Joslyn Gage

  • Free-thought has its vent-holes—it is not repressed into hypocrisy as among us.

  • Socialism is essentially, although not apparently, a free-thought movement.

    The Red Conspiracy

    Joseph J. Mereto


British Dictionary definitions for free thought

free thought

noun
  1. thought unrestrained and uninfluenced by dogma or authority, esp in religious matters
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