pos·​tu·​la·​tor ˈpäs-chə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce postulator (audio)
: an official who presents a plea for beatification or canonization in the Roman Catholic Church compare devil's advocate

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Medical experts can’t have any contact with the postulator. Washington Post, 11 May 2017 People handling Casey's cause for canonization, called postulators, continue to gather documentation of healings attributed to Casey, which will be studied in Rome. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2017 A postulator, the person assigned to present the cause, is assigned and collects public and private writings, interviews people who knew the candidate, and researches the person's life. Jackie Snow, National Geographic, 2 Sep. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of postulator was in 1714

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Cite this Entry

“Postulator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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