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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And when an officer is on trial, reasonable doubt has a lot of bite. German Lopez, Vox, "After a mall shooting, police killed the wrong person — and the real shooter remains at large," 26 Nov. 2018 Schlimmer insisted the prosecution had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Barbara Frantz was the killer. Max Londberg, kansascity, "On trial in Kansas for murdering her husband, defense points finger at her son," 6 July 2018 Barware is super reasonable—the products cost between $20 and $60. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This New Home Line's Modern Furniture Looks Way More Expensive Than It Costs," 8 Feb. 2019 As with any World Cup, much would have depended on the draw, although hypothetically inserting the USA into Panama or Costa Rica’s groups is a fair and reasonable point of reference. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "How would the United States have fared in this World Cup? Tim Howard, USMNT vets weigh in," 27 June 2018 To give you an idea of how surprisingly reasonable that is, consider the original GeForce GTX 1060-class laptops were basically the same price at about $1,500. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Pricing for RTX-equipped laptops might not be that bad after all," 9 Jan. 2019 The sector seemed to get a boost from the foreclosure crisis, which seems reasonable given that millions of people who lost homes probably had to move into smaller rentals or share housing. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Got Junk? Self-Storage Investors Hope So," 21 Dec. 2018 This is absolutely a reasonable request, in my opinion. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "7-year-old asks Adam Silver to reschedule NBA Finals earlier, cites unfair bedtime," 8 June 2018 Since Target always prides itself on budget-friendly pieces, the price tags on the fixtures in this limited-time collection will be no exception, starting at a reasonable $29.99. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford’s New Target Lighting Collection Is Equally Chic And Affordable," 9 Jan. 2019

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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 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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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