[ free-thing-ker ]
/ ˈfriˈθɪŋ kər /
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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.



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Origin of freethinker

First recorded in 1685–95; free + thinker

OTHER WORDS FROM freethinker

freethinking, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for freethinker

/ (ˌfriːˈθɪŋkə) /


a person who forms his or her ideas and opinions independently of authority or accepted views, esp in matters of religion

Derived forms of freethinker

freethinking, noun, adjective
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