rationalism

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noun ra·tio·nal·ism \ˈrash-nə-ˌli-zəm, ˈra-shə-nə-ˌli-\

Definition of rationalism

  1. 1 :  reliance on reason as the basis for establishment of religious truth

  2. 2a :  a theory that reason is in itself a source of knowledge superior to and independent of sense perceptionsb :  a view that reason and experience rather than the nonrational are the fundamental criteria in the solution of problems

  3. 3 :  functionalism 2

rationalist

play \-nə-list\ noun

rationalist

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rationalistic

play \ˌrash-nə-ˈlis-tik, ˌra-shə-nə-ˈlis-\ adjective

rationalistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Circa 1732

First Known Use of rationalism

circa 1732


RATIONALISM Defined for English Language Learners

rationalism

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noun ra·tio·nal·ism \ˈrash-nə-ˌli-zəm, ˈra-shə-nə-ˌli-\

Definition of rationalism for English Language Learners

  • philosophy : the belief that reason and experience and not emotions or religious beliefs should be the basis for your actions, opinions, etc.



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