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[moh-luh-niz-uh m, mol-uh-]
  1. the theological doctrine, formulated by Luis Molina, that the consent of the human will is necessary for divine grace to be effective.
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Origin of Molinism

First recorded in 1660–70; Molin(a) + -ism
Related formsMo·li·nist, noun
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Historical Examples of molinism

  • Molinism was a favourite bugbear among the orthodox Romanists of Innocent the Twelfth's day.

    A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)

    Mrs. Sutherland Orr

  • The first part of this proposition is scandalous, savouring of Molinism and apostacy.

  • This question of Jansenism and Molinism occupied France for about two hundred years.

British Dictionary definitions for molinism


  1. RC Church a doctrine of grace that attempts to reconcile the efficacy of divine grace with human free will in responding to it
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Word Origin for Molinism

C17: named after Luis de Molina (1535–1600), Spanish Jesuit who taught such a doctrine
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