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Meaning of congregationalism

con•gre•ga•tion•al•ism

Pronunciation: (kong"gri-gā'shu-nl-iz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. a form of Protestant church government in which each local religious society is independent and self-governing.
  2. (cap.) the system of government and doctrine of Congregational churches.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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