rea·son·able | \ˈrēz-nə-bəl, 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

d : inexpensive

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, ˌrē-zᵊn-ə- \ noun
reasonableness \ˈrēz-nə-bəl-nəs, ˈrē-zᵊn-ə- \ noun
reasonably \ˈrēz-nə-blē, 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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An accommodation still must be reasonable, and if the noise level is excessive, that accommodation may ultimately be determined to be unreasonable. Kelly G. Richardson,, "HOA Homefront: Are these rules valid?," 14 July 2018 Many of the charges are reasonable, but some raise a red flag. Randy Blaser,, "Column: When a town racks up charges, it's the taxpayers on the hook," 12 July 2018 There was always someone who wanted to troll back in the opposite direction, someone who genuinely got offended for a personal and valid reason, or someone who wanted to try to be reasonable. Film Crit Hulk, The Verge, "Don’t feed the trolls, and other hideous lies," 12 July 2018 Not the construction phase; four years to build a new international bridge or a towering new skyscraper is reasonable. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why Detroit development takes so long," 11 July 2018 Surprisingly, more than half the states do not have a specific speed threshold for what is considered reckless driving, which allows those accused to argue in court that their speed was, in fact, reasonable. Fortune, "Speeding in These States Will Cost You a Fortune," 6 July 2018 Fines will be unlikely, as the contractor was confident that three months was reasonable, Johnson said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Perfect storm seems to be brewing around Highway 100 road project in Hales Corners," 3 July 2018 For searches in which officers invoked reasonable suspicion, black drivers were searched at a rate more than four times higher than white drivers. Ted Andersen,, "Two-thirds of people banned from BART are black — and agency isn’t asking why," 6 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter In many Latin American countries the traditional media have done a reasonable job of holding governments to account. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of reasonable

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

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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, 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

d : commercially reasonable

2 : applying reason or logic broadly : rational sense 1 a reasonable mind

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reasonableness noun
reasonably adverb

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