[ lat-i-tood-n-air-ee-uh n, -tyood- ]
/ ˌlæt ɪˌtud nˈɛər i ən, -ˌtyud- /


allowing or characterized by latitude in opinion or conduct, especially in religious views.


a person who is latitudinarian in opinion or conduct.
Anglican Church. one of the churchmen in the 17th century who maintained the wisdom of the episcopal form of government and ritual but denied its divine origin and authority.

Origin of latitudinarian

1655–65; < Latin lātitūdin- (see latitudinal) + -arian

Related forms

lat·i·tu·di·nar·i·an·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for latitudinarian


/ (ˌlætɪˌtjuːdɪˈnɛərɪən) /


permitting or marked by freedom of attitude or behaviour, esp in religious matters
(sometimes capital) of or relating to a school of thought within the Church of England in the 17th century that minimized the importance of divine authority in matters of doctrine and stressed the importance of reason and personal judgment


a person with latitudinarian views

Derived Forms

latitudinarianism, noun

Word Origin for latitudinarian

C17: from Latin lātitūdō breadth, latitude, influenced in form by Trinitarian
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