Definition of rationalism
1 : reliance on reason as the basis for establishment of religious truth
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 : functionalism 2
rationalistplay \-nə-list\ noun
rationalisticplay \ˌrash-nə-ˈlis-tik, ˌra-shə-nə-ˈlis-\ adjective
rationalisticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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By then, the rationalism of the Mu‘tazila school had been superseded by more dogmatic interpretations of Islam.
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First Known Use of rationalism
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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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