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 Mensah had an actual subjective belief that deadly force was necessary and that belief was objectively reasonable. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Public officials, organizations react to decision not to file charges against Joseph Mensah," 8 Oct. 2020 But determining what is reasonable can change depending on condition. Gary Singer,, "Ask a real estate pro: Our lease doesn’t end for 9 months. Is it reasonable for prospective tenants to tour our home?," 8 Oct. 2020 Georgia argues that its water usage has been reasonable and blamed Florida for allowing overharvesting of oysters. al, "Supreme Court diving into Georgia-Florida water wars," 7 Oct. 2020 While officers are permitted to detain someone using physical force, that force must be reasonable. NBC News, "Detain, not arrest: Why that distinction is key in charges against Texas officer," 6 Oct. 2020 Entrance fees are reasonable at $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Western Reserve Fire Museum features Westlake department through December," 6 Oct. 2020 Because its screen option maxes out at Full HD (1920x1080), however, battery life should be reasonable. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Lenovo ThinkBooks offer Intel or AMD CPUs and a few surprising features," 29 Sep. 2020 And, in fact, in James King's case, a district court determined that the officers were entitled to qualified immunity because, given the circumstances, their actions were reasonable. CBS News, "The controversy over qualified immunity," 27 Sep. 2020 The IMPD Firearms Review Board also is involved to determine whether the use of force was reasonable. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD says man shot by police 'pointed a weapon,' no longer say he fired at officers," 21 Sep. 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 26 Oct. 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

Other Words from reasonable

reasonableness noun
reasonably adverb

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