lim·​i·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌliməˈta(a)rēən, -ter- \
plural -s

Definition of limitarian

: one that limits or restricts specifically : one who holds that Christ died only for the elect or that not all men are to be saved

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First Known Use of limitarian

circa 1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for limitarian

limit entry 1 + -arian (as in trinitarian)

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“Limitarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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