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 For every reasonable guideline there is to help me protect my kids and elderly dad, there is a cabal of idiots protesting with guns for their right to get a hair cut. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'The emotional needs of a cactus'," 8 May 2020 About half of the states have laws that allow pregnant women to request reasonable accommodations, including Massachusetts, Martin said. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "She Made Every Effort to Avoid COVID-19 While Pregnant. Not a Single Thing Went According to Plan.," 5 May 2020 Brands like Cuisinart, Dash, and Hamilton Beach all offer high-quality ice cream makers at reasonable prices. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "The Best Ice Cream Makers for Homemade Frozen Treats," 5 May 2020 With coronavirus sweeping the country, President Donald Trump suggesting that Americans might want to disinfect their veins and Joe Biden going underground, such an assumption would appear reasonable. The Economist, "Election monitoring We spent the lockdown sorting American voters into 380,000 distinct groups," 2 May 2020 Trash-compactor bags are an amazing way to get one more season out of some of your most beaten-up waterproof pieces for an exceptionally reasonable price. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "These $2 Bags Are Our Favorite Waterproofing Hack," 1 May 2020 Carl Bergstrom, a professor of biology at the University of Washington, said the early results of the New York study seem reasonable, particularly given the number of deaths recorded in New York City. NBC News, "What we can (and can't) take away from New York's antibody testing results," 23 Apr. 2020 Basic rules about fair wages, reasonable work hours, and safe working conditions are out of date and inadequately enforced. Maureen Conway, Quartz at Work, "Poorly paid workers deserve better than going back to “normal”," 22 Apr. 2020 At first glance, such a position seems entirely reasonable. Whitney Phillips, Wired, "Anti-Quarantine Protestors Are Dangerous and Weird," 21 Apr. 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 29 May. 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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