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Definition of neo-Confucianism 

: a rationalistic revival of Confucian philosophy in the 11th century a.d. that exercised a pronounced influence on Chinese thought for over 800 years neo-Confucianism, in which many traits of both Buddhism and Taoism were blended with the more naturalistic tenets of Confucius— L. J. Walker

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