rea·​son·​ing | \ ˈrēz-niŋ How to pronounce reasoning (audio) , ˈrē-zᵊn-iŋ\

Definition of reasoning

1 : the use of reason especially : the drawing of inferences or conclusions through the use of reason
2 : an instance of the use of reason : argument

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Examples of reasoning in a Sentence

Could you explain your reasoning? They told everyone the reasoning behind the decision. a conclusion based on fallacious reasoning Humans possess the power of reasoning.
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Hence, the reasoning for the Warriors sitting Klay in Game 3. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors mailbag: Will Kevin Durant return in the NBA Finals?," 7 June 2019 The reasoning: Crowder’s videos weren’t primarily malicious attacks but rather were opinions. Suhauna Hussain,, "Amid harassment complaints, YouTube says it will remove more white supremacist content," 5 June 2019 People with dementia can also have difficulty with reasoning, problem-solving, planning, and organizing things. Korin Miller, SELF, "Kathy Griffin Reveals Her Mother Has 'Rapidly Fallen Into the Throes of Dementia'," 4 Jan. 2019 The researchers took blood samples from study participants to measure their cortisol levels, and tested their memory, reasoning, and attention. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Don’t stress out yet about stress shrinking your brain," 25 Oct. 2018 In an unsigned opinion that did not provide reasoning, the court temporarily blocked a district court order requiring Ross to submit to questioning. Robert Barnes, The Seattle Times, "Trump officials aggressively bypass appeals, seek relief from Supreme Court," 23 Oct. 2018 In all cases, the results (and the reasoning behind the studies) are fascinating. Scientific Reports, 2018, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-30777-z. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Horses may understand human emotion, especially anger," 6 Sep. 2018 Even more startling than the actual breakup is the reasoning behind it, which is…. Archie making a logical decision? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Has Some Very Bad News for Varchie Fans," 29 Nov. 2018 This reasoning fits into what James Madison had hoped for the American republic. The Christian Science Monitor, "The high court’s hint on partisan gerrymandering," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of reasoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reasoning

: the process of thinking about something in a logical way in order to form a conclusion or judgment
: the ability of the mind to think and understand things in a logical way

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