reasonable

adjective rea·son·able \ ˈrēz-nə-bəl , ˈrē-zᵊn-ə-bəl \

Definition of reasonable

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

play \ˌrēz-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌrē-zᵊn-ə-\ noun

reasonableness

play \ˈrēz-nə-bəl-nəs, ˈrē-zᵊn-ə-\ noun

reasonably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of reasonable in a Sentence

  1. We have reasonable cause not to believe him.

  2. She offered a reasonable compromise.

  3. It's not reasonable to expect perfect weather.

  4. Please be more reasonable. There is no way I'll be able to finish all this work in so little time.

  5. A reasonable man would not expect such a thing.

  6. Our boss has reasonable expectations of his employees.

  7. The team has a reasonable chance of winning.

  8. He makes a reasonable amount of money.

  9. The store's prices are reasonable.

  10. The hotel offers excellent accommodations at reasonable rates.

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First Known Use of reasonable

14th century



REASONABLE Defined for English Language Learners

reasonable

adjective

Definition of reasonable for English Language Learners

  • : fair and sensible

  • : fairly or moderately good

  • : not too expensive


REASONABLE Defined for Kids

reasonable

adjective rea·son·able \ ˈrēz-nə-bəl , ˈrē-zᵊn-ə-bəl \

Definition of reasonable for Students

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.

reasonableness

noun

reasonably

\-blē\ adverb

Law Dictionary

reasonable

adjective rea·son·able

legal Definition of reasonable

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 1
  • a reasonable mind

reasonableness

noun

reasonably

adverb


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