Age of Reason

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age of reason

n.
1. often Age of Reason An era during which rational thought is prominent or esteemed, especially the Enlightenment in western Europe.
2. An age at which a person is considered capable of making reasoned judgments.
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Age of Reason

n
(Historical Terms) the Age of Reason the 18th century in W Europe. See also Enlightenment
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Age′ of Rea′son


n.
the 17th and 18th centuries in France, England, etc. Compare enlightenment (def. 4).
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Noun1.Age of Reason - a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrineAge of Reason - a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine; "the Enlightenment brought about many humanitarian reforms"
reform movement - a movement intended to bring about social and humanitarian reforms
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