rea·​son·​able | \ ˈrēz-nə-bəl How to pronounce reasonable (audio) , ˈrē-zᵊn-ə-bəl \

Definition of reasonable

1a : being in accordance with reason a reasonable theory
b : not extreme or excessive reasonable requests
c : moderate, fair a reasonable chance a reasonable price
2a : having the faculty of reason
b : possessing sound judgment a reasonable man

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Other Words from reasonable

reasonability \ ˌrēz-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce reasonable (audio) , ˌrē-​zᵊn-​ə-​ \ noun
reasonableness \ ˈrēz-​nə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce reasonable (audio) , ˈrē-​zᵊn-​ə-​ \ noun
reasonably \ ˈrēz-​nə-​blē How to pronounce reasonable (audio) , ˈrē-​zᵊn-​ə-​ \ adverb

Examples of reasonable in a Sentence

We have reasonable cause not to believe him. She offered a reasonable compromise. It's not reasonable to expect perfect weather. Please be more reasonable. There is no way I'll be able to finish all this work in so little time. A reasonable man would not expect such a thing. Our boss has reasonable expectations of his employees. The team has a reasonable chance of winning. He makes a reasonable amount of money. The store's prices are reasonable. The hotel offers excellent accommodations at reasonable rates.
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Recent Examples on the Web Miss Manners realizes that the person coming and the person going may have different ideas of what is reasonable. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Tooth-brushing brings parking spot drama," 31 Dec. 2020 But your greater point, of needing a guiding playmaker is reasonable. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Are Heat approaching decision time with Moe Harkless?," 30 Dec. 2020 Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers, also said the pace of vaccinations so far was reasonable. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Public health experts grow frustrated with pace of Covid-19 vaccine rollout," 29 Dec. 2020 Use-of-force experts hired by county prosecutors found that Loehmann's use of force was reasonable, while experts retained by Rice's family found the officer's actions were not justified. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Justice Department declines to charge Cleveland officers in fatal 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice," 29 Dec. 2020 Try manual removal first if the population and number of plants involved is reasonable. Tim Johnson,, "Mealybugs can put houseplants in a sticky situation — here’s how to get rid of them," 27 Dec. 2020 While the shares are no screaming bargain, valuations are reasonable in a market where many stock prices have become divorced from underlying business reality. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Big Pharma Passes Its Annual Checkup," 15 Dec. 2020 For a while, mini travel toothbrushes seemed to be a proper solution, but their small handles and easy-to-lose designs don’t inspire confidence in their longevity as a reasonable alternative. Popular Science, "Best electric toothbrush: Five things to consider," 8 Dec. 2020 Potter argued that the governor’s two-week freeze is reasonable, supported by science, and is well within her authority to issue. oregonlive, "Judge rejects Oregon Restaurant Association’s challenge of governor’s 2-week coronavirus restrictions," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of reasonable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Reasonable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reasonable

: fair and sensible
: fairly or moderately good
: not too expensive


rea·​son·​able | \ ˈrēz-nə-bəl How to pronounce reasonable (audio) , ˈrē-zᵊn-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of reasonable

1 : fair and sensible I'm willing to compromise, but her demands are not reasonable.
2 : not too expensive Let's find a hotel with reasonable rates.
3 : fairly or moderately good Our team has a reasonable chance of winning.

Other Words from reasonable

reasonableness noun
reasonably \ -​blē \ adverb



Legal Definition of reasonable

1a : being in accordance with reason, fairness, duty, or prudence
b : of an appropriate degree or kind
c : supported or justified by fact or circumstance a reasonable belief that force was necessary for self-defense
2 : applying reason or logic broadly : rational sense 1 a reasonable mind

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reasonableness noun
reasonably adverb

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