reasonable

adjective

rea·​son·​able ˈrēz-nə-bəl How to pronounce reasonable (audio)
ˈrē-zᵊn-ə-bəl
1
a
: being in accordance with reason
a reasonable theory
b
: not extreme or excessive
reasonable requests
c
: moderate, fair
a reasonable chance
a reasonable price
2
a
: having the faculty of reason
b
: possessing sound judgment
a reasonable man
reasonability
ˌrēz-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce reasonable (audio)
ˌrē-zᵊn-ə-
noun
reasonableness
ˈrēz-nə-bəl-nəs How to pronounce reasonable (audio)
ˈrē-zᵊn-ə-
noun
reasonably
ˈrēz-nə-blē How to pronounce reasonable (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web An internal investigation by the sheriff’s office determined Hernandez’s use of force was not objectively reasonable. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 The compensatory damages amount of $75,000 will also go towards reasonable and necessary medical care and treatment for the Feffermans' daughter. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 The data show that states with lower taxes, pro-business policies and reasonable regulatory environments outperform other states in job growth, population growth and income growth. Steve Hershey, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 So in a nutshell — reasonable talking points all around, but not a lot of depth from any of the candidates. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Up until recently, tankers could make it through the Panama Canal relatively quickly, and journey times from Gulf of Mexico export terminals to Asia were reasonable. Max Bearak, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The jokes could’ve been written entirely by Stewart, whose comedic voice—reasonable, conversational, a little sophomoric—was remarkably unchanged despite nine years away. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2024 In most countries, national health plans are the gatekeepers that examine whether treatments are safe, effective, reasonable, and necessary. Diana Zuckerman, STAT, 2 Feb. 2024 The lagom solution is reasonable, appropriate, and moderate. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of reasonable was in the 14th century

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“Reasonable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reasonable. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

reasonable

adjective
rea·​son·​able ˈrēz-nə-bəl How to pronounce reasonable (audio)
-ᵊn-ə-bəl
1
a
: not beyond what is usual or expected : moderate
a reasonable request
a reasonable chance of success
b
: not expensive
reasonable prices
2
: able to reason : rational
a reasonable person
reasonability noun
reasonableness noun
reasonably adverb

Legal Definition

reasonable

adjective
rea·​son·​able
1
a
: 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
reasonableness noun
reasonably adverb

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