theo·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌthē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce theological (audio) \
variants: or less commonly theologic \ ˌthē-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce theological (audio) \

Definition of theological

1 : of or relating to theology
2 : preparing for a religious vocation a theological student

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theologically \ ˌthē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce theological (audio) \ adverb

Examples of theological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the eighteen-hundreds and early nineteen-hundreds, religious organizations and their grassroots networks were the primary institutions working to resettle immigrants in America; many saw it as part of a theological calling. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 25 Apr. 2022 What happened between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection remains a point of theological contention. al, 16 Apr. 2022 Outer Range, Amazon Prime Video’s high concept sci-fi western that (so far) includes 0 murderous robots, makes early theological allusions—much like its murderous robot predecessor. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 16 Apr. 2022 His father, as Mr. Christman acknowledges, endures his son’s arguments from the other side of a theological divide with studied patience. Richard Babcock, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2022 The film is filled with theological arguments that, while accepted by many Catholics, are fair grounds for debate. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 The autocephaly issue is viewed on both sides as a reflection of the bigger struggle for Ukrainian independence that goes well beyond a distinct political or theological moment. Alexander Thompson, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Mar. 2022 The conference attracted onlookers and protesters with a wide variety of theological and political objections to the proceedings, and the direction of the church more broadly. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Religious institutions were secularized or supplanted by rivals that lacked their commitment to a theological creed. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of theological

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Theological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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