Definition of enlightened
1 : freed from ignorance and misinformation an enlightened people an enlightened time
2 : based on full comprehension of the problems involved issued an enlightened ruling
Examples of enlightened in a Sentence
an enlightened approach to prison reform
Recent Examples of enlightened from the Web
Under their guidance, the United States acted with selflessness and enlightened self-interest.
Good for students who have more enlightened activities to spend money on than prom night.
Although Trump's campaign has been decidedly anti-immigrant — build a wall, shut down Muslim immigration — Conway has a rather enlightened view on this matter.
But, not to fear, a six-speed manual comes standard for those enlightened enough to appreciate it, complete with the marvelous shifter gates.
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First Known Use of enlightened
ENLIGHTENED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enlightened for English Language Learners
: having or showing a good understanding of how people should be treated : not ignorant or narrow in thinking
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