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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.

Origin of freethinker

First recorded in 1685–95; free + thinker
Related formsfree·think·ing, adjective, noun

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