Definition of Rationalist

1. Noun. Someone who emphasizes observable facts and excludes metaphysical speculation about origins or ultimate causes.

Exact synonyms: Positivist
Generic synonyms: Nonreligious Person
Specialized synonyms: Logical Positivist
Derivative terms: Positivism, Positivist, Rationalism



2. Adjective. Of or relating to or characteristic of rationalism. "Rationalist philosophy"
Partainyms: Rationalism

Definition of Rationalist

1. n. One who accepts rationalism as a theory or system; also, disparagingly, a false reasoner. See Citation under Reasonist.

Definition of Rationalist

1. Noun. A person who follows the philosophy of rationalism. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rationalist

1. [n -S]

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Literary usage of Rationalist

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1. The Sanity of Art by Bernard Shaw (1895)
"our hero, as rationalist and Materialist, regarding Reason as a creative dynamic motor, independent of and superior to his erring passions, at which point ..."

2. Religious Thought in England, from the Reformation to the End of Last by John Hunt (1870)
"Hooker a In a general sense, with many qualifications, Hooker's rationalist. ... might be explained as that of the rationalist against the ..."

3. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"that it might be taken for the work of a rationalist if the fantastic author had not signed it with his fantastic doctrine, never renounced, ..."

4. Some Problems of Philosophy: A Beginning of an Introduction to Philosophy by William James (1911)
"... If you are a rationalist 811 you beg a kilogram of being at once, we will say; if you are an empiricist you beg a thousand successive grams; ..."

5. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1828)
"An Historical Inquiry into the Probable Causes of the rationalist Character lately predominant in the Theology of Germany. To which is prefixed, ..."

6. Modern Interpretations of the Gospel Life by Adolf Augustus Berle (1899)
"To say that a scholar was a rationalist was for many merely a euphemistic way of saying that he was an unbeliever of some kind. The content which had been ..."

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