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postulant Line breaks: pos¦tu|lant
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒstjʊl(ə)nt/

Definition of postulant in English:


A candidate, especially one seeking admission into a religious order.
Example sentences
  • The discussion concerns postulants and candidates for holy orders, more particularly those who aspire to ordained ministry as vocational or permanent deacons.
  • In order to be accepted as a postulant in a religious community, I must be free of all financial obligations.
  • On entering the order, postulants spend much of the first year in Killarney, with periods in the Franciscans' base in Osterley in England.


Mid 18th century: from French postulant or Latin postulant- 'asking', from the verb postulare (see postulate).

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