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postulant

[ pos-chuh-luhnt ]

noun

  1. a candidate, especially for admission into a religious order.
  2. a person who asks or applies for something.


postulant

/ ˈpɒstjʊlənt /

noun

  1. a person who makes a request or application, esp a candidate for admission to a religious order


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Derived Forms

  • ˈpostulancy, noun

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Other Words From

  • postu·lant·ship noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of postulant1

1750–60; < French < Latin postulant- (stem of postulāns ), present participle of postulāre to ask for, claim, require

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Word History and Origins

Origin of postulant1

C18: from Latin postulāns asking, from postulāre to ask, demand

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Example Sentences

He spoke to the postulant alone, praising the august and humble life of the cloister.

Jephthah regarded his postulant daughter-in-law from under lowered, bushy brows.

There are degrees in the struggle for saintliness; the journalist was but a postulant.

The ministrant addressed the postulant, “Brother, dost thou wish to give thyself to our faith?”

Lupo agnum eripere postulant—They insist on snatching the lamb from the wolf.

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