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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Look no further than Year & Day, which offers a selection of minimalistic, tableware at a reasonable price point. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "From Goop Lab to One Kings Lane: 8 New Design Destinations to Know," 7 Nov. 2018 Companies would also be required to implement reasonable security and privacy policies, practices, procedures, and technical capabilities to protect customers' personal information. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Proposed data privacy law could send company execs to prison for 20 years," 2 Nov. 2018 Even the tiniest of teardrops usually feature swooping classic lines, compact and functional design, and a reasonable price tag that looks downright affordable compared to other campers. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Teardrop trailer features bunkbeds to sleep a family of 4," 23 Oct. 2018 On Friday, a more reasonable, yet still satisfyingly mega-core AMD alternative appeared with the launch of the Threadripper 2950X ($899 on Amazon and Newegg). Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD's 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor hits stores today," 31 Aug. 2018 This was demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt by the resounding defeat in June of two GOP bills endorsed by the House leadership and the president. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "House Democrats Refuse to Take Bait on ‘Abolish ICE’ Vote Arranged by GOP," 13 July 2018 The federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges Dallas police detained Mark Hughes and his brother, Cory, without reasonable suspicion or probable cause. CBS News, "Man wrongly identified as suspect in 2016 attack sues Dallas police," 12 July 2018 These are the carriers that allow pets on board, including in the cabin (with a weight restriction), for a fairly reasonable additional cost. Kelli Bender,, "The Best and Worst International Airlines to Fly with Your Pets," 5 July 2018 The prices are reasonable, and the Vessels Club is a nice experience. John Cherwa,, "Racing! It’s post time at Los Alamitos," 28 June 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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