[ 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.

Origin of Mutazilite

1720–30; < Arabic muʿtazil(ah) + -ite1

Related forms

Mu·ta·zi·lism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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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