What is the meaning of secular?


  • Someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person.


  • Of or relating to the doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations.
  • Characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world.
    • usage: "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church"
  • Not concerned with or devoted to religion.
    • usage: "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture, "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment"
  • Of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows.
    • usage: "the secular clergy"
  • Characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy.
    • usage: "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"
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APAWordNet. (2010). secular. Retrieved March 21, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/secular/definitions/1183010
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MLAWordNet. "secular" 23 October 2010. Web. 21 March 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/secular/definitions/1183010>
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