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English definition of “enlightened”

enlightened

adjective    /ɪnˈlɑɪ·tənd/
showing understanding and wisdom in dealing with others: This company is an enlightened and reasonable employer. Enlightened also means open to new ideas and facts based on reason and science rather than following old, false beliefs: Every enlightened person rejects racism in all its forms.
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