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rationalism

noun [U] uk   /ˈræʃ.ən.əl.ɪ.zəm/ us  
the belief or principle that actions and opinions should be based on reason rather than on emotion or religion
Translations of “rationalism”
in Chinese (Traditional) 理性主義, 唯理主義, 理性至上…
in Chinese (Simplified) 理性主义, 唯理主义, 理性至上…
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