Meaning of “freethinker” in the English Dictionary

"freethinker" in English

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freethinkernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌfriːˈθɪŋ.kər/ us /ˌfriːˈθɪŋ.kɚ/ old-fashioned
adjective uk /ˌfriːˈθɪŋ.kɪŋ/ us /ˌfriːˈθɪŋ.kɪŋ/

Examples from literature

  • A true freethinker, a practising lawyer with a considerable acquaintance in the world of politics, a discreet man not far from forty years of age, it seemed as though nothing more were required to make a model husband. 
  • And it is the duty of the freethinker clearly to point out why this confusion has arisen. 
  • Here she became acquainted with the family of Charles Bray, a prosperous ribbon manufacturer, whose house was a gathering place for the freethinkers of the neighborhood. 
  • The old commonplace that a freethinker is sure to be immoral is no longer heard. 
  • There is no evidence of his familiarity with the widely diffused works of the freethinkers, and as far as I am aware he does not quote or refer to them even once. 

(Definition of “freethinker” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)