Faith-based meaning

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Being or associated with a religion or religious group.

Many faith-based organizations provided shelter after the hurricane.

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Affiliated with or sponsored by a church or other religious organization.
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Alternative spelling of faith-based.
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(theology, religious studies) Based on religious faith.

... a self-confidence which stems from faith in the Buddha and His power. By this faith-based confidence they cure themselves." (1982)

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(chiefly US, euphemistic) Of civic associations connected with religious groups, specifically of such organizations sponsored by government funds.

You are requesting a $2,100,000 increase for a "Faith Based and Community Initiatives," for a total of $37,432,000 [...]. What distinguishes these projects from faith-based initiatives of the Employment and Training Administration? (1988)

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Origin of faith-based

  • faith+based. The political sense emerges in the 1970s to 1980s. The term "faith-based organization" dates from 1971.

    From Wiktionary