reasonable

adjective
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 reasonability (audio) , ˌrē-​zᵊn-​ə-​ \ noun
reasonableness \ ˈrēz-​nə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce reasonableness (audio) , ˈrē-​zᵊn-​ə-​ \ noun
reasonably \ ˈrēz-​nə-​blē How to pronounce reasonably (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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Brannen’s team will play an eye-pleasing style that should translate into a reasonable grace period. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: John Brannen went through the transfer portal. Here's what the UC Bearcats coach did.," 8 June 2019 Medical examiners only determine drowning as the cause of death after ruling out all other reasonable possible explanations for why the victim ended up in the water, including drug overdoses and heart attacks. NBC News, "Drowning is one of the hardest homicides to prove. These investigators want to change that.," 8 June 2019 As a result, most Jehovah’s Witnesses who leave experience a real struggle to find themselves to a path like writing a book or getting a reasonable career going. Jacqueline Alnes, Longreads, "‘If Any of My Old Friends Are Reading This, It Is Okay Out Here.’," 8 June 2019 In his article for Wisconsin Watch, Coutu consulted a statistical expert, who concluded that the lucky streaks among some of the frequent winners of the Wisconsin Lottery defied any reasonable explanation. Dee J. Hall, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Lottery winners should be identified, open government advocate contends," 6 June 2019 That a dog might need to be fitted with a muzzle or chained to the floor under your seat both seem positively reasonable in comparison. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Grim Effect Delta's ESA Lawsuit Will Have on Travel," 4 June 2019 And when Hulu was valued at $9.6 billion in a November 2018 SEC filing, Comcast's wait-and-see approach seemed pretty reasonable. Stephen Lovely, USA TODAY, "Hulu will belong to Disney. Here's what that means," 3 June 2019 Superficially, the argument for SoFi’s naming rights seems reasonable—the LA stadium will host the Super Bowl in 2022 and the Olympics in 2028, garnering an enormous amount of exposure for SoFi. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "SoFi spending $400 million to name an NFL stadium shows everything that’s wrong with student loans," 31 May 2019 Of course no reasonable person believes that all constraints on screen time are bad, especially for children. Laura Turner, Glamour, "The Big Problem With the New Screen Time Guidelines for Kids," 26 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of reasonable

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

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reasonable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of reasonable

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

reasonable

adjective
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

reasonable

adjective
rea·​son·​able

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

Other Words from reasonable

reasonableness noun
reasonably adverb

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