necessitarian

  1. Noun.  necessarian .
  2. Noun.  One who maintains the doctrine of philosophical necessity, in opposition to that of freedom of the will: opposed to ''libertarian''. (''The Century Dictionary'', The Century Co., New York, 1911).
  3. Adjective.  Of or pertaining to necessity or necessitarianism: opposed to ''libertarian''.
      The Arminian has entangled the Calvinist, the Calvinist has entangled the Arminian, in a labyrinth of contradictions. The advocate of free-will appeals to conscience and instinct — to an a priori sense of what ought in equity to be. The necessitarian falls back upon the experienced reality of facts. ''Froude'', Calvinism.
    (''The Century Dictionary'', The Century Co., New York, 1911). .

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