en·​light·​ened | \ in-ˈlī-tᵊnd How to pronounce enlightened (audio) , en-\

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

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Doing my own laundry as of the fall of 1981 was strictly in my enlightened self-interest. ... Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Cold Wash Espionage," 25 Feb. 2019 Over the next century, the book was reprinted and embellished, and the exhibition shows the evolution of medical knowledge that occurred as medicine morphed from medieval understandings of the body to a more enlightened Renaissance perspective. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "From urine tasting to bloodletting, an unusual 16th century guide for doctors," 7 Mar. 2018 Of all forms of government, those administered by bureaus are about the least satisfactory to an enlightened and progressive people. James Freeman, WSJ, "Worse than Facebook and Twitter?," 8 Aug. 2018 Missouri can distinguish itself by providing excellent public education and by taking an enlightened approach to public safety. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Mohiam belongs to an archaic order called the Bene Gesserit, and all-female group focusing on acquiring more power and influence to direct humanity on an enlightened path. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune'," 14 Jan. 2019 Both Harvey and Ambrose (Chance Perdomo), a pansexual witch who lives with Sabrina and her aunts, are enlightened, and the actors who play them were thrilled about diving into this feminist world. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is Dark and Scary, But Not in the Way You Think," 26 Oct. 2018 Whatever some of the less enlightened members of Mr. Corbyn’s base among the British Muslim community may think, the secular Labour elite doesn’t blame the Jews for rejecting Muhammed. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Jeremy Corbyn and the Socialism of Fools," 10 Sep. 2018 To lure the enlightened buyer, luxury developers are offering morning yoga, mindfulness coaches and meditation chambers with ergonomic cushions. James Freeman, WSJ, "Hold on to ’16 as Long as You Can," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of enlightened

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of enlightened

: having or showing a good understanding of how people should be treated : not ignorant or narrow in thinking

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