Definition of antelapsarian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌantɪlapˈsɛːrɪən/


historical, rare
  • A person holding the view that God's election of only some to everlasting life was part of the divine plan prior to the Creation and the Fall; especially = supralapsarian .


  • 1 historical, rare Of or relating to antelapsarians or their doctrine; designating an antelapsarian.

  • 2Existing or occurring before the Fall of Man; of or relating to the condition of innocence before the Fall; innocent, unspoilt.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Alexander Ross (1591–1654), Church of England clergyman and writer on philosophy. From post-classical Latin antelapsarius + -an.