speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic.
speculated on the fate of the lost explorers
deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision.
the jury deliberated for five hours
Examples of reason in a Sentence
I gave a reason for my absence.
Is there a reason for your strange behavior?
There is a reason why they don't want to come.
I can't give you the report for the simple reason that it isn't yet finished.
She explained her reasons for deciding to change jobs.
He wanted to know the reason for their decision.
Give me one good reason why I should believe you.
For obvious reasons, we can't do that yet.
For reasons of space, some of the charts and graphs have been omitted from the article.
She resigned for personal reasons. Verb
He lost the ability to reason.
He reasoned that both statements couldn't be true.
She reasoned that something must be wrong. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Life expectancy dropped in 2020 in every US state, mainly due to COVID: CDC
The report also looked at reasons for the increases in life expectancy.—Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2023 One of the reasons is the level of investment in quantum computing.—Jim McGregor, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 For this reason, evidence of ancient winemaking has been found around the world.—Alex Mayyasi, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 Our followers and customers who are young are discovering this format for those reasons.—Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 28 Nov. 2023 And the reasons for this are obvious: in a world that increasingly emphasizes staking out a claim to one’s own comfort or one’s own space, children are antithetical.—Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 28 Nov. 2023 No reason was given and his line of credit also was shut down.—Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 But in today’s furious workplace environment of shifting skill needs, mergers and acquisitions, short-term projects and so many other reasons — most often at no fault of the worker — your employment suddenly came to an end.—Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2023 Experts say the situation has been compounded for a number of reasons, including insurers arguing that the risk of doing business there is just too high due to the elevated risk of wildfires and California laws that restrict how the insurance companies can price out their policies.—Lindsey Griswold, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023
The board reasoned that most suburban commuters have their commutes subsidized by their employer, especially the federal government.—Justin George, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 All that was left for USC was to reason how a season that started with such high hopes had come to this.—Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2023 The ability to count indefinitely beyond fingers or body parts; to read, write, store, and learn ideas through text; the tendency to reason abstractly with syllogisms and enthymemes and approximations of formal logic – all were tools for thinking that were culturally created and then transmitted.—Michael Muthukrishna, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2023 In Washington, Ngo took the matter up with one of Hawley’s policy advisers, reasoning that the ultra-Trumpian senator might have the president’s ear.—Timothy McLaughlin, The Atlantic, 4 Nov. 2023 McNeil says the emphasis is on concepts and reasoning rather than putting importance on getting the answer correct.—Andy Sheehan, CBS News, 2 Nov. 2023 The optimist, in this case, might reason that only a handful of big plays are standing in the way of USC’s defense finding its full potential.—Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 President Joe Biden already threatened to veto the bill earlier this month, reasoning that the measure falls flat of the spending levels negotiated in the debt limit deal between the White House and House Republicans and has a number of riders igniting ire from Democrats.—Nancy Vu, Washington Examiner, 26 Oct. 2023 Such links, its supporters reasoned, would effectively bypass the Palestinians, making that conflict a manageable sideshow.—Mark Landler, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English resoun, from Anglo-French raisun, from Latin ration-, ratio "reckoning, calculation, explanation," from reri "to calculate, think;" probably akin to Goth rathjo "account, explanation"