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Meaning of RATIONALISM

Pronunciation:  'rashu`nlizum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the doctrine that reason is the right basis for regulating conduct
  2. [n]  the doctrine that knowledge is acquired by reason without resort to experience
  3. [n]  the theological doctrine that human reason rather than divine revelation establishes religious truth
 

RATIONALISM is a 11 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: freethinking
 
 See Also: deism, doctrine, free thought, ism, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory, philosophy, school of thought, theological doctrine

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ra"tion*al*ism\, n. [Cf. F. rationalisme.]
1. (Theol.) The doctrine or system of those who deduce their
   religious opinions from reason or the understanding, as
   distinct from, or opposed to, revelation.

2. (Philos.) The system that makes rational power the
   ultimate test of truth; -- opposed to sensualism, or
   sensationalism, and empiricism. --Fleming.

 

 

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