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noun Islam.
  1. a member of a medieval theological sect (Mutazila) that maintained that nothing but eternity could be asserted regarding Allah, that the eternal nature of the Koran was questionable, and that humans have free will.
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Origin of Mutazilite

1720–30; < Arabic muʿtazil(ah) + -ite1
Related formsMu·ta·zi·lism, noun
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Historical Examples of mutazilite

  • The Mutazilite doctrines are looked upon as quite heretical.

    The Faith of Islam

    Edward Sell

British Dictionary definitions for mutazilite


  1. a member of an 8th-century liberal Muslim sect, later merged into the Shiahs
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Word Origin for Mutazilite

from Arabic mu`tazilah body of seceders + -ite 1
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