Sua·​rez·​ian·​ism | \ -əˌnizəm \
plural -s

Definition of Suarezianism

: the theories of Francisco Suárez characterized by criticism of the concept of the divine right of kings, by belief that a ruler derives his authority directly from the people and only indirectly from God, and by a moderate scholasticism differing from Thomism primarily in rejecting a real though accepting a rational distinction between essence and existence and in a tendency to Molinism

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More about Suarezianism

Statistics for Suarezianism

Cite this Entry

“Suarezianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

Comments on Suarezianism

What made you want to look up Suarezianism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!