de·ism (dēĭz′əm, dā-)
A religious belief holding that God created the universe and established rationally comprehensible moral and natural laws but does not intervene in human affairs through miracles or supernatural revelation.
[French déisme, from Latin deus, god; see dyeu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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