[ moh-luh-niz-uh m, mol-uh- ]
/ ˈmoʊ ləˌnɪz əm, ˈmɒl ə- /


the theological doctrine, formulated by Luis Molina, that the consent of the human will is necessary for divine grace to be effective.

Origin of Molinism

First recorded in 1660–70; Molin(a) + -ism

Related formsMo·li·nist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for molinism


/ (ˈmɒlɪnɪzəm) /


RC Church a doctrine of grace that attempts to reconcile the efficacy of divine grace with human free will in responding to it

Word Origin for Molinism

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

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