reasoning

noun rea·son·ing \ ˈrēz-niŋ , ˈrē-zᵊn-iŋ \
|Updated on: 27 Jul 2018

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

  1. Could you explain your reasoning?

  2. They told everyone the reasoning behind the decision.

  3. a conclusion based on fallacious reasoning

  4. Humans possess the power of reasoning.

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First Known Use of reasoning

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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REASONING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of reasoning for English Language Learners

  • : 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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