Rationalism definition

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(philosophy) The theory that the exercise of reason, rather than experience, authority, or spiritual revelation, provides the primary basis for knowledge.
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Rationalism is the practice of only believing what is based on reason.

An example of rationalism is not believing in the supernatural.

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The principle or practice of accepting reason as the only authority in determining one's opinions or course of action.
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Reliance on reason as the best guide for belief and action.
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(philos.) The doctrine that knowledge comes from the intellect in itself without aid from the senses; intellectualism.
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(philosophy) The theory that the basis of knowledge is reason, rather than experience or divine revelation.
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Noun

Singular:
rationalism
Plural:
rationalisms

Origin of rationalism