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secular

1. of an education, etc.
a. having no particular religious affinities
b. not including compulsory religious studies or services
2. (of clerics) not bound by religious vows to a monastic or other order
3. Astronomy occurring slowly over a long period of time
4. a member of the secular clergy

secular

(sek -yŭ-ler) Continuing or changing over a long period of time.

secular

[′sek·yə·lər]
(engineering)
Of or pertaining to a long indefinite period of time.
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With the common enemy -- the secularist old guard -- defeated, there was little to hold the alliance together.
Turkey's main opposition and secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), which said it would contest the headscarves being worn in parliament, put up little resistance Thursday.
Critics, including the main opposition party, have said the charges are trumped up, aimed at stifling opposition and taming the secularist establishment which has long dominated Turkey.
In his first public comment on the July 3 military coup, the Al Qaeda boss, himself an Egyptian, said: "Crusaders and secularists and the Americanised army have converged .
In his first public comment on the July 3 military coup, the Al-Qaeda boss, himself an Egyptian, said: "Crusaders and secularists and the Americanised army have converged .
Secularists across the Middle East have traditionally failed at the ballot box because they lacked support among the pious masses and instead had to rely on the repressive might of the military.
More than simply a gathering of those with similar secular ideals, it challenged its audience to consider how to move forward, not just as atheists and secularists, but as a political force that respects the belief system and goals of American atheists, secularists, free thinkers and those of faith who wish to resurrect and protect America's secular government.
The Islamists believe it works in their interest, so they are keeping it, and the secularists are as always too busy with their negotiations and preparations to tackle the voter confidence in the system problem that will surely plague their voter turnout.
They also believe that secularists manipulate their persuasive skills and privately owned media to distort the Islamists' image and ideas," he told Gulf News.
The critics are not just the secularists, who are already mobilizing to defeat Ennahda in the next election.
Historically, most secularists have actually been Christians who saw the sense in freedom from government interference in religion.
Summary: The third-largest party in Tunisia's constituent assembly, charged with writing a new constitution, proposed on Monday a draft document based on Islamic law which will likely alarm the country's secularists.