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  1. 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
Related formsfree·think·ing, adjective, noun


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Historical Examples

  • I was already a republican and a freethinker in the days of the Empire.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • Socrates is nowhere represented to us as a freethinker or sceptic.



  • He was a Freethinker at a time when to have thoughts of your own was to be an outcast.

  • The contadino had become a freethinker since the accession of the house of Savoy.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • In religion he was a Freethinker; in morals pure and unspotted.

British Dictionary definitions for freethinker


  1. a person who forms his or her ideas and opinions independently of authority or accepted views, esp in matters of religion
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Derived Formsfreethinking, noun, adjective
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