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1. Religious skepticism or indifference.
2. The view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education.

sec′u·lar·ist n.
sec′u·lar·is′tic adj.
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Noun1.secularist - an advocate of secularism; someone who believes that religion should be excluded from government and education
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
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