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
We are often taught, as the enlightened and even scientific verdict, that blacks and whites occupy radically different environments today, and that these differences can explain the entire black–white IQ gap.
The tech elite’s burgeoning concern could be described as part moral obligation, part enlightened self-interest.
Not far away, Edward Wittkofski, of Shelton, enlightened visitors about Wallace's Circus, a curious case of wartime propaganda.
That generation is so enlightened, and that's very encouraging.
Whatever this is—the dream of the enlightened man or perhaps even just the dream of a man who seems Brazilian—
Its ads for Axe body spray have also shed their sexualized portrayal of women who lust after men; a recent campaign promotes a more enlightened version of masculinity.
Enlightened police departments, meanwhile, are working to demilitarize their approach to drugs.
How could such an injustice happen in this enlightened day and age?
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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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