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  1. Laïcité

    Laïcité ([la.i.si.te]), literally "secularity", is a French concept of secularism. It discourages religious involvement in government affairs, especially religious influence in the determination of state policies; it also forbids government involvement in religious affairs, and especially prohibits government influence in the determination of religion.Dictionaries ordinarily translate laïcité as "secularity" or "secularism" (the latter being the political system), although it is sometimes rendered in English as laicity or laicism by its opponents. While the term was first used with this meaning in 1871 in the dispute over the removal of religious teachers and instruction from elementary schools, the word laïcisme dates to 1842.In its strict and official acceptance, it is the principle of separation of church (or religion) and state. Etymologically, laïcité is a noun formed by adding the suffix -ité (English -ity, Latin -itās) to the Latin adjective lāicus, a loanword from the Greek λᾱϊκός (lāïkós "of the people", "layman"), the adjective from λᾱός (lāós "people").French secularism has a long history. For the last century, the French government policy has been based on the 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and the State.


  1. laïcité

    Laïcité refers to the principle of secularism, neutrality, or the separation of religion and state. It is a concept that promotes equality and freedom of belief among individuals, emphasizing that religious institutions should not have control or influence over political and governmental affairs. In a society that follows laïcité, the state remains impartial towards all religions and guarantees freedom of religion while safeguarding the overall public order and the rights of all citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of laïcité in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of laïcité in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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