free thought

noun

Definition of free thought

: unorthodox attitudes or beliefs specifically : 18th century deism

Examples of free thought in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While some writers, publishers and booksellers say the law curtails free thought and expression in Hungary, the country's second-largest bookstore chain, Lira Konyv, posted the advisory notices to be safe. Justin Spike, ajc, 16 July 2021 While some writers, publishers and booksellers say the law curtails free thought and expression in Hungary, the country's second-largest bookstore chain, Lira Konyv, posted the advisory notices to be safe. Justin Spike, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 With no clear definition of hate speech, instructors have free rein to stop the exercise of free thought and speech in their classrooms. Kiara Kincaid, National Review, 2 July 2021 Higher education is purported to be the beacon of free thought. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 16 May 2021 This rightwing focus has been couched in the honorable defense of free speech and free thought. David S. Cohen, Rolling Stone, 6 Mar. 2021 Through it all, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has done invaluable work manning the ramparts of free thought. Rj Martin, National Review, 22 Feb. 2021 The right’s hostility to free speech, free thought, and basic facts has been exemplified again and again over the last five years. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 15 Jan. 2021 The famous countercultural institution, founded in 1962, has served as a bastion of free thought and alternative living, drawing famous writers, tech moguls and influencers to its remote campus in Big Sur for decades. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, 31 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of free thought

1711, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jul 2021

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“Free thought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20thought. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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