Definition of traducian in US English:



  • A person who believes that the soul of a child, like the body, is propagated by or inherited from the parents, rather than being created directly by God; a believer in or advocate of traducianism. Also: a person who maintains that original sin is transmitted from parent to child; an anti-Pelagian (now rare and chiefly historical). Opposed to creationist.


  • Of or relating to traducianism; advocating traducianism.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Collins (1576–1651), college head. From post-classical Latin traducianus person who believes the doctrine of original sin from classical Latin trāduc-, trādux side-branch of a vine trained across the space between trees in a vineyard, in post-classical Latin also channel, intermediary (late 2nd cent. in Tertullian), transmission of the soul, transmission of original sin (from trāducere) + -iānus.