[ moo-tah-zuh-lahyt ]
/ muˈtɑ zəˌlaɪt /

noun Islam.

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


Mu·ta·zi·lism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for mutazilite

  • The Mutazilite doctrines are looked upon as quite heretical.

    The Faith of Islam|Edward Sell

British Dictionary definitions for mutazilite

/ (muːˈtɑːzɪˌlaɪt) /


a member of an 8th-century liberal Muslim sect, later merged into the Shiahs

Word Origin for Mutazilite

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