postulant

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noun pos·tu·lant \ˈpäs-chə-lənt\

Definition of postulant

  1. 1 :  a person admitted to a religious order as a probationary candidate for membership

  2. 2 :  a person on probation before being admitted as a candidate for holy orders in the Episcopal Church

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Origin and Etymology of postulant

French, petitioner, candidate, postulant, from Middle French, from present participle of postuler to demand, solicit, from Latin postulare


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