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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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web While all the justices agreed that the burden of proof shifted in trials on March 27, 2019, the court was divided, 4-3, in legal reasoning. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 21 July 2022 Most agreed that the next five days, before Draghi’s speech in Parliament to explain his reasoning, would be crucial. Jason Horowitz,, 14 July 2022 All know the Constitution and all, probably by heart, but use different philosophies in their reasoning. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 4 July 2022 This has resulted in a spate of court opinions that are at best confused, and often dead wrong in the reasoning employed. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 20 June 2022 The justices refused in a May 23 order that did not explain their reasoning. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 June 2022 Opinions are how the Court Justices communicate their judgements and explain the reasoning behind their vote. Raphael Romero Ruiz, The Arizona Republic, 3 May 2022 In the preview clip, Gino tries to explain his reasoning to host Shaun Robinson, and the other Before the 90 Days cast members. Kelly Wynne,, 7 Apr. 2022 An administrator leaves a note steeped in Wikipedia reasoning. Noam Cohen, Wired, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of reasoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2022

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“Reasoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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