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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Recent Examples on the Web What was the Cleveland Planning Commission’s reasoning for rejecting the arguments of the neighborhood and approving a 12-united apartment building on Hessler Street, home of the eclectic Hessler Street Fair? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 28 May 2021 DeSantis' reasoning for the vaccine passport ban has to do with personal liberties and equality, according to Pushaw. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 On Wednesday, the European Union's General Court annulled the European Commission's approvals for Portugal's bailout of TAP and the Netherlands' bailout of KLM, on the basis that the Commission didn't give sufficient reasoning for its decisions. David Meyer, Fortune, 19 May 2021 One suggestion to offset some of the consequences of unfair treatment is to encourage officers to explain the reasoning for their actions to those who are being stopped. Jessica Finkeldey, The Conversation, 18 May 2021 Carlisle explained the coaching staff’s reasoning for starting Porzingis at power forward rather than center. Dallas News, 13 May 2021 Within 90 days, the judges will issue the reasoning for the sentence, and Peters said defense lawyers would then mount an appeal. Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Vista Global cited similar reasoning for its acquisition of Red Wing Aviation last year. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 5 May 2021 The Attorney General's Office, which is prosecuting the case, didn't explain the reasoning for dropping the two charges. CBS News, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of reasoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jun 2021

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“Reasoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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