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 That's well above the long-term average for the Nasdaq 100, but looks reasonable given that our group is packed with superstars, though big earners Apple, Microsoft, and Intel, are veterans well past their jackrabbit growth phases. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Want to understand why tech stocks are crashing? This metric explains it all," 9 Sep. 2020 The chief stumbling block is that all the best poems—the ones that appear in anthologies, top readers’ popularity polls, and make reasonable people break the law by traveling to the Lake District during lockdown—were crammed into ten early years. Kathryn Hughes, The New York Review of Books, "Bliss in That Dawn," 8 Sep. 2020 Analysts say the terms of the agreement favor the United States, which must mainly prove there is reasonable suspicion that the crimes of which he is accused were committed. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, "FAQ: Why Assange is on trial in London for extradition to the United States," 8 Sep. 2020 That means viewers have to pay $6.99 — the otherwise reasonable monthly cost of the service — for the privilege of paying another $30 to stream Mulan. Mike Scott,, "Meh is for 'Mulan': Disney’s live-action remake is a great big beautifully shot shrug," 8 Sep. 2020 Millennials want more benefits in the form of student loan repayment, reasonable maternity leave, and professional development, according to Gallup. Popular Science, "The office will never be the same," 8 Sep. 2020 Only four players have a reasonable chance of catching him. Mark Heim |, al, "Tour championship live stream (9/7): How watch FedEx Cup playoffs, Dustin Johnson online, TV, time," 7 Sep. 2020 Abuse of Balls Players shall not violently, dangerously or with anger hit, kick or throw a tennis ball within the precincts of the tournament site except in the reasonable pursuit of a point during a match (including warm-up). Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Why Was Novak Djokovic Disqualified From the U.S. Open?," 6 Sep. 2020 Hunters are spotting caribou closer to the highway, though few are yet being taken within reasonable walking distance. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "In a far from normal autumn on the Denali Highway, a Steller’s sea eagle makes a rare appearance," 5 Sep. 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 20 Sep. 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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