reasonable

adjective
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
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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Research a reasonable amount to ask for, checking sites like Glassdoor and Payscale to get a vibe for the average salary of roles like yours. Macaela Mackenzie, Marie Claire, "5 Things You Must Do Before Asking for a Raise," 6 Dec. 2018 Most of us, however, don’t have a problem with the lectins in legumes, the gluten in grains, and the sugar in a reasonable amount of fruit. Abby Langer, SELF, "5 Diet Tips You Should Ignore, According to a Registered Dietitian," 6 Sep. 2018 This is hardly the end of the world for either company, or for their local competitor, Via; the bills leave a reasonable amount of wiggle room for each to continue to grow. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber lost in NYC. But here’s the real problem.," 8 Aug. 2018 The Georgia Open Records Act mandates that government bodies produce public records in reasonable amount of time. Stephen Deere, ajc, "New Atlanta city attorney Nina Hickson refused to withhold records," 5 July 2018 There is a standard intended to gauge whether there is a reasonable fear of persecution if a person is returned to their country. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Asylum 101: Here are the basics of what it is and who gets it," 22 June 2018 But for Sandberg to have inquired about an investor’s financial interests, in terms of general business practices, is pretty reasonable. Emily Stewart, Vox, "There are many reasons to be mad at Sheryl Sandberg. Asking about Soros’s Facebook interests isn’t one of them.," 30 Nov. 2018 That’s the calculus at places like Trellis: How young is reasonable in order to maximize quality without tipping the cost-benefit scale? Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "At 35, I Went to a Millennial Egg-Freezing Clinic—and Now I’m Rethinking My Future," 12 Nov. 2018 Goldman Sachs strategists, in their outlook for 2019, mentioned the idea of including cash as a reasonable alternative to stocks for the first time in several years. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, "Where to Put Your Money in 2019," 9 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of reasonable

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

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reasonable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of reasonable

: fair and sensible

: fairly or moderately good

: not too expensive

reasonable

adjective
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

reasonable

adjective
rea·​son·​able

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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