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  1. ra·tion·al·ism
    IPA[ˈraSHənlˌizəm]
  2. noun

    • 1. a belief or theory that opinions and actions should be based on reason and knowledge rather than on religious belief or emotional response:

      scientific rationalism
    • 2. the theory that reason rather than experience is the foundation of certainty in knowledge.

    • 3. the practice of treating reason as the ultimate authority in religion.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: rationalism

    • noun

      the practice or principle of basing opinions and actions on reason and knowledge rather than on religious belief or emotional response:

      the theory that reason rather than experience is the foundation of certainty in knowledge.

    • noun

      the theory that efficiency and productivity should be the primary measures of economic success:
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