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"enlightened" in British English

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enlightenedadjective

uk   /ɪnˈlaɪ.tənd/ us   /ɪnˈlaɪ.t̬ənd/ approving
showing understanding, acting in a positive way, and not following old-fashioned or false beliefs: The school has an enlightened policy of teaching boys to cook. These days she's much more enlightened in her views on education.
knowing the truth about existence: Buddha was an enlightened being.
(Definition of enlightened from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"enlightened" in American English

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enlightenedadjective

us   /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.
(Definition of enlightened from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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