reasonable

adjective
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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The people of Hong Kong have always been reasonable and pragmatic. Christine Loh, Time, "Hong Kong Needs a Deep Dialogue of Reconciliation In Order to Move Forward," 5 July 2019 McGinty’s prosecutors presented the results of an investigation carried out by the county sheriff’s department and reports from three use-of-force experts, each of whom concluded the shooting was objectionable reasonable under the circumstances. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot to be dedicated at Chicago museum: live coverage," 23 June 2019 Analysts say the gesture of sending letters is part of North Korean efforts to present Kim as a legitimate international statesman who is reasonable and capable of negotiating solutions and making deals. Fox News, "North Korea leader receives 'excellent' letter from Trump," 23 June 2019 Needham said the looming aggregate shortage is real and NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) concerns could prevent Michigan from rebuilding its crumbling roads at a reasonable cost. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Group wants auditor general to investigate MDOT's role in gravel study," 19 June 2019 Same-day changes are much more reasonable at just $75—which is waived for MileagePlus Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, and Premier 1K members. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Change Fees 101: Which U.S. Airlines Charge the Most to Book a New Flight," 2 Oct. 2018 This can be done with a light touch, by modest forces, at a reasonable cost. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 For crunch, there are more pine nuts than might seem reasonable. Joe Yonan, Twin Cities, "Cook broccoli longer and it becomes as comforting as this bowl of pasta," 20 June 2019 Asking companies to pay their fair share and address the unequal impacts of tech wealth on the economy seems reasonable. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco, why are you so taxing?," 19 June 2019

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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 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

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

Other Words from reasonable

reasonableness noun
reasonably adverb

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