en·light·ened | \in-ˈlī-tᵊnd, 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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And collectively, Congress should act like an enlightened microcosm of the general public, so that all segments, every industry, each locality has active agents explaining and promoting its interests. Gregory Koger, Vox, "The job of Congress: a primer," 17 Apr. 2018 Soon the world would transform, the ship would take off, and only the enlightened could come along. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Bentinho Massaro's Sedona Experiment: How the search for enlightenment led to a digital cult," 18 Apr. 2018 Bulgaria’s liberated bears would spend the rest of their life in luxurious captivity, the components of a wholesome, all-natural bear diet hidden for them in their park by their new, more enlightened keepers. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Why have post-Soviet countries embraced populism and nostalgia?," 3 May 2018 To get an enlightened perspective on the unique chart-topping icon, here are some facts that deserve recognition. 1. Fox News, "Keith Urban facts: 7 things you didn't know about the country music icon," 13 July 2018 As those sources have also shrunk, Unirule has kept going by charging for courses offered to Chinese entrepreneurs who often admire Mr. Mao as an enlightened advocate of their interests. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "In Beijing, Doors Shut on a Bastion of Independent Ideas," 11 July 2018 The enlightened humanism of the director of Melvin and Howard is evident in every frame. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video / Small Screen Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema," 10 July 2018 But with the regressive policies of the Other Washington, the task falls imperfectly to states, other countries and enlightened corporations. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks ditches straws, but our plastic addiction is much bigger," 10 July 2018 Nick Offerman, the paragon of enlightened masculinity. Nojan Aminosharei, Marie Claire, "Aubrey Plaza Was Never April Ludgate," 13 June 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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