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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Recent Examples on the Web China was already reporting patients afflicted by a mysterious disease, but in the United States, many young people were writing New Year’s resolutions and setting what seemed to be reasonable goals. Deborah Acosta, WSJ, "Portrait of a Pandemic," 25 May 2020 In the unlikely event that all current telescope surveys fail, and the anomalies endure years of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s operations, Unwin’s primordial black hole theory might start to look even more reasonable. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Planet Nine might not be a planet at all," 14 May 2020 These days, however, the experience of ordering a burger from behind the steering wheel feels more like a reasonable safety precaution than a cold transaction. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Drive-Throughs Are Now a Lifeline for Fast-Food Chains," 1 May 2020 Yet even occasional lawsuits act as a nudge, encouraging the entire business community to adopt reasonable precautions. Timothy D. Lytton, The Conversation, "Why offering businesses immunity from coronavirus liability is a bad idea," 1 May 2020 This is a) not surprising and b) perfectly reasonable, considering everyone has their own preferences, dietary restrictions, and fridge contents. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Your 5 Most Common Baking Questions, Answered," 17 Apr. 2020 There was a strong enough of a response from the public to provoke a reversal of the resident portion of the mandate, just 24 hours after the initial announcement, offering a much more logical and reasonable restriction. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Spring Bear Hunting Season Was Canceled in Alaska. Then Hunters Spoke Up," 14 Apr. 2020 This one month of work and school followed by two months of restrictions could maintain what the report calls a reasonable hospital population through the end of 2021. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Report: Ohio's policies may save lives, but a coronavirus vaccine is what's really needed," 21 Mar. 2020 For every reasonable guideline there is to help me protect my kids and elderly dad, there is a cabal of idiots protesting with guns for their right to get a hair cut. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'The emotional needs of a cactus'," 8 May 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 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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