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secular

1. not religious.
2. over long periods of time; gradual.

secular changes, trends
changes that occur over long periods, as long as decades.
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Justice Blackmun's dissent in this case struck at the true effect of the opinion; he said that it claimed plurality, but edged toward secularly influenced neutrality by requiring secular purpose.
Among Turkish adolescents, suicide ideation was significantly higher among the secularly educated (41.
It required establishing only virtual rule insofar as it could be achieved by secularly subjugating other kings to feudal subservience (keeping their territories in exchange for a share of their treasury and a pledge of loyalty) or at the transcendental level by propagating edicts of dharma throughout the Indian peninsula, as in Asoka's case, without merging it with 'the political reality or artha'(Wink 1986, p.
Thus, there exists in chronicle/storytelling a sense of wholeness, of meaning and purpose, whether divinely or secularly oriented.
as secularly motivated despite the fact that they had the effect of
He shows how City Beautiful proponents, such as Charles Mulford Robinson (author of the seminal The Improvement of Towns and Cities [1901]) took up the cause of beautifying America's cities with nothing less than religious fervour: "Protestant traditions of collectively enacted and emotionally charged spiritual renewal, [were] now expressed more secularly as community revitalization" (124).
This mystical symbolist and very secularly conceived story of the birth of mankind differed from the previous work only in its more audacious polyphony and permanently modulating harmonies, moving in the direction of Schonbergian atonality.
In addition, secularly inclined regime loyalists were alarmed at the success of the Islamists in 1989.
37) Jews and Christians are, therefore, according to Wolffsohn, largely secularly oriented, whereas Muslims are mostly focused on religion.
I suppose I do wish Cuba were what the United States is turning out not to be: that is, a haven for free thinking, governed by intelligent politicians with an empathetic concern for the less fortunate and the marginalized, which a well-educated, secularly moral, peaceful, and economically equally endowed populace guides through its democratic institutions.
Within my own religion, scientology, I have had the chance secularly in terms of helping people get off drugs, even educational medication.
Moreover, the Reformasi movement's emphasis on "justice" could capture more theocratically as well as secularly inclined Islamists.