Age of Reason: Meaning and Definition of

Age' of Rea'son

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  1. any period in history, esp. the 18th century in France, England, etc., characterized by a critical approach to religious, social, and philosophical matters that seeks to repudiate beliefs or systems not based on or justifiable by reason.
  2. (l.c.) the age at which a person is considered capable of distinguishing between right and wrong.
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