free thought


: unorthodox attitudes or beliefs
specifically : 18th century deism

Examples of free thought in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its founders envisaged it as a bastion of free thought. Jenny Jarvie, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2023 Their efforts represent a kind of censorship that violates not only the right to free expression, but also the innermost sanctum of free thought. Elyssa Koren, National Review, 5 Dec. 2022 The death of free time, certainly, but not of free thought. Honor Jones, The Atlantic, 20 Oct. 2022 For his fans and friends, the fact that Rushdie was attacked in such a quiet place dedicated to the art of writing and free thought is certainly reason for pause. CBS News, 14 Aug. 2022 That's because everything Xi has implemented at home has been to stifle free thought, not unleash it. Ian Johnson, CNN, 9 Mar. 2022 The Biden administration is governing from the far-left, ignoring the problems of working-class Americans while pushing an agenda that stifles free speech, free thought, and economic freedom. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2022 The dissident movement that took the Red Square demonstrators as an inspiration, though never large in numbers, was a powerful generator of free thought and possibility. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of free thought was in 1711

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“Free thought.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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