noun, often capitalized S & usually capitalized P
plural -s

Definition of semi-pelagian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person (as a theologian of a 5th or 6th century monastery in Gaul) holding that man requires special help and not merely general guidance from God to overcome original sin, that such help is offered freely to all men, that each man must of his own initiative accept or reject this special divine help, that the individual and not God takes the first step leading to his salvation, and that God's grace toward him is conditioned by his own attitude of acceptance or rejection


adjective, often capitalized S & usually capitalized P
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Definition of semi-pelagian (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to semi-Pelagians or semi-Pelagianism

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“Semi-pelagian.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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