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 Penner’s reasoning was that few draft picks pay off with immediate production. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "How the Cleveland Browns, with Jedrick Wills, meshed talent and need in the 2020 NFL Draft," 24 Apr. 2020 Despite years of honing our clinical reasoning skills, this condition prompted us and others to leap to a single diagnosis for all complaints: Covid-19. Iniya Rajendran, STAT, "The view from two residents inside an ICU’s pandemic crew: Covid brain, relentless sorrow, and kindness in calamity," 22 Apr. 2020 Is your company’s dress code just a secret test of high-level reasoning skills designed by fiendish bosses? Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Office Dress Code Should Never Come Back," 13 Apr. 2020 On Kissinger’s reasoning, the particular identities, histories, and constitutions of the various provinces of the Habsburg Monarchy should have carried no particular weight, with Metternich as the rationalist manager of the imperial center. A. Wess Mitchell, National Review, "Conservatives and Geopolitical Change," 2 Apr. 2020 But other researchers have come up with approximately the same number via different reasoning. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Many states are far short of Covid-19 testing levels needed for safe reopening, new analysis shows," 27 Apr. 2020 Notably, Kavanaugh wrote a concurring opinion citing the super conservative late justice Antonin Scalia’s reasoning in an earlier case regarding the Clean Water Act. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Kavanaugh sides with progressives in a Supreme Court environmental case," 23 Apr. 2020 This latest move continues his restrictionist immigration policies and takes them to a new level, using the pandemic as the reasoning. Author: Nick Miroff, Josh Dawsey, Teo Armus, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says he will issue order to suspend immigration during coronavirus crisis," 21 Apr. 2020 Glenn Fine, who had been appointed as chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, was caught off-guard by the move and wasn’t given any reasoning from Trump’s White House, according to The Washington Post. John Talty |, al, "Doug Jones pushes Treasury to send stimulus checks faster," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of reasoning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2020

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“Reasoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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