• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rationalist of or relating to or characteristic of rationalism "rationalist philosophy"
    • n rationalist someone who emphasizes observable facts and excludes metaphysical speculation about origins or ultimate causes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rationalist One who accepts rationalism as a theory or system; also, disparagingly, a false reasoner. See Citation under Reasonist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rationalist One who follows reason and not, authority in thought or speculation; a believer in the supremacy of reason over prescription or precedent.
    • n rationalist In theology, one who applies rational criticism to the claims of supernatural authority or revelation; specifically, one of a school or party, originating in Germany in the eighteenth century, who maintain as an ultimate conclusion that the human reason is of itself, and unaided by special divine inspiration, adequate to ascertain all attainable truth, and who accordingly, in interpretation of the Scripture, regards it as only an illustration and affirmation, not as a divine revelation, of truth. See rationalism, 2 .
    • n rationalist A believer in metaphysical rationalism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rationalist one who believes himself guided in his opinions solely by reason, independently of authority, esp. in regard to religion—denying supernatural revelation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. rationaliste,


In literature:

To contemplate his existence at all we have to resort to pure rationalistic speculation.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
But rationalism did not stop there, for ever since that day all men without exception have been natural-born rationalists.
"The Church, the Schools and Evolution" by J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
However convenient this may be for the teachers of mystery, it is most unsatisfactory to rationalists.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
So there is no inconsistency in further characterising the monophysites as rationalists.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
For the explanations given by Sallustius and Julian are never rationalistic.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
That is a question to which most of these Rationalistic interpreters take good care not to give any reply.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
The Rationalist kept the arts and cast aside the religion.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Spinoza is, in the traditional usage of the term, anything but a rationalist in his ethics.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza
Among the clergy, those who are not Rationalists follow the lead of Grundtvig.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The conception, passably rationalistic and not impossibly correct, veiled the beautiful allegory that was latent in the Eden myth.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Against them, those who claim to hold by reason as the totality of judgment may fitly call themselves by the name 'rationalist.
"Rationalism" by John Mackinnon Robertson
In temperament he is what may be called a sentimental rationalist.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Everything demanded that he should be writing for the Rationalist Press, but where was he?
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
It defeats itself because ultra-rationalistic.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl
But when we approach the theories of rationalistic thinkers, we find a perfect chaos of rival speculations.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
Its failure is likely to be that of other rationalist systems.
"The Acquisitive Society" by R. H. Tawney
I'm getting rather fed up with toleration, really; the only people with any fanaticism now are the rationalists.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
The Rationalists were not satisfied with criticizing the Bible; they also sought to "purge" the hymn-books.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden
The rationalists explained the ram on which Phrixus crossed the sea as the name or ornament of the ship on which he escaped.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
From the Mosaic version to the last rationalistic theory, I have been willing to give ear to these.
"Is Polite Society Polite?" by Julia Ward Howe

In news:

Call it rationalistic elitism .
The Romantic Rationalist from the December 2, 1982 issue.
NASCAR rationalists, the thought of Chad Knaus and.

In science:

There are also fundamentalists – players that know much more about the system and have a strategy (or perhaps we should call them ”rationalists”).
A simple model of price formation
Often these phenomena were interpreted as “God’s Will.” In more rationalistic times, one could pretend without presenting a formal proof that certain unpredictable behaviors are in principle deterministic, although the phenomena cannot be predicted “for various practical purposes” (“epistemic indeterminism”).
Indeterminism and Randomness Through Physics
In more recent times, the idea of the existence of a fundamental interval of time was rejected by Leibniz, since it was incompatible with his rationalistic philosophy.
Introduction of a Quantum of Time ("chronon"), and its Consequences for Quantum Mechanics