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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Of course no reasonable person believes that all constraints on screen time are bad, especially for children. Laura Turner, Glamour, "The Big Problem With the New Screen Time Guidelines for Kids," 26 Apr. 2019 In this instance, there was insufficient evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt a violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes. Todd Richmond, The Seattle Times, "Wisconsin youth prison probe closes without charges," 12 Apr. 2019 What that means exactly is anybody’s guess—neither the Department of Justice nor the Marshals Service is eager to dispense any detail on the program’s inner workings, which seems reasonable enough. Popular Mechanics, "How the Witness Protection Program Decides Where To Send People," 8 Feb. 2019 And the trip was supposed to be two weeks, which would be a reasonable amount of time to travel about 1,600 miles round trip by sea and land. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 2019 There are two broad ways to think about asset prices, both perfectly reasonable: driven by sentiment, and driven by fundamentals. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Why the Market Rebounded and What Comes Next," 12 Mar. 2019 Timers and meditation just don’t seem to jive, but the others sound reasonable enough, especially when most digital clocks on your phone or computer won’t have such a large interface to watch the time tick down. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock now shipping for $30," 14 Dec. 2018 Otero previously noted that fees by Harder’s firm — as high as $840 an hour — were reasonable but the 580 hours spent on the case appeared excessive. Christopher Weber, The Seattle Times, "California judge orders porn star to pay Trump legal fees," 11 Dec. 2018 Best of all, the C&C by Clean & Clear range is totally reasonable at $8 to $16. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Clear & Clear Quietly Launches C&C, Its New Millennial-Targeted Skin-Care Line," 21 July 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 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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