Rationalism
Rationalism Ra"tion*al*ism (r[a^]sh"[u^]n*al*[i^]z'm), 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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Philos.) The system that makes rational power the ultimate test of truth; -- opposed to sensualism, or sensationalism, and empiricism. --Fleming. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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