Definition: Secular

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Latin saecularis, of the age, from saeculum


  1. Not specifically religious.
  2. Not bound by the vows of a monastic order.
    secular clergy in Catholicism
  3. Temporal; something that is worldly or otherwise not based on something timeless.
  4. Happening from age to age.
    the secular games of ancient Rome
  5. Long-term.
    The long-term growth in population and income accounts for most secular trends in economic phenomena.
    (finance) on a secular basis = over the long term
  6. (astrophysics) Of or pertaining to long-term non-periodic irregularities, especially in planetary motion.
  7. (Template:Context 1) Unperturbed over time.
    • 2000, S. A. Dikanov, Two-dimensional ESEEM Spectroscopy, in New Advances in Analytical Chemistry (Atta-ur-Rahman, ed.), page 539
      The secular A and nonsecular B parts of hyperfine interaction for any particular frequencies να and νβ are derived from eqn.(21) by ...


  • worldly (1)


  • nonsecular
  • religious (1)
  • sacred (1) (used especially of music)
  • monastic (2)
  • regular (2) (as regular clergy in Catholicism)
  • eternal (3)
  • everlasting (3)
  • frequent (4)
  • unpredictable (4)
  • non-recurring (4)
  • short-term (5) (finance)
  • cyclical (5) (finance)

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