(Latin: from Old French seculer; from Late Latin sæcularis, worldly, living in the world, not belonging to a religious order; from saecularis, pertaining to a generation or age; from saeculum, saeclum, period of a man's life, generation; period of a hundred years)
2. Not specifically relating to religion or to a religious body: "They were playing secular music instead of sacred hymns."
3. Relating to or advocating secularism.
4. Not bound by monastic restrictions; especially, not belonging to a religious order (a reference to the clergy).
5. Occurring or observed once in an age or century.
6. Lasting from century to century.
7. Etymology: it was used in early Christian texts for the "temporal world"; as opposed to the "spiritual world"; and that was the sense in which its derived adjective Latin saecularis passed via Old French seculer into English.
The more familiar modern English "non-religious" meaning came into the language at about the 16th century.
2. A secular spirit or tendency; especially, a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship.
2. The view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.
The fundamental principle of secularism is that, in his whole conduct, man should be guided exclusively by considerations derived from the present life itself. Anything that is above or beyond the present life should be entirely overlooked.
Whether God exists or not, whether the soul is immortal or not, are questions which at best cannot be answered, and on which consequently no motives of action can be based.
2. Generally a reference to an ideology that promotes the secular; as opposed to the religious, particularly within the public sphere.
2. The view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education.
2. Something secular.
2. A procedure of changing something (art or education or society or morality etc.) so it is no longer under the control or influence of religion.
3. The process of becoming secular; the separation of civil or educational institutions from ecclesiastical control.
Secularization is also defined by some as the process in which mystical, sacred, and otherworldly explanations, outlooks, beliefs, interests, and concerns are replaced by rational, critical evaluations and by pragmatic and utilitarian standards.
2. To remove the religious dimension or element from something, or otherwise make it secular.
3. To make secular; separate from a religious or a spiritual connection or influences.
4. To make worldly or unspiritual; to imbue with secularism.