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reason

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of reason

  1. 1 a statement given to explain a belief or act <she gave a good reason for her seemingly suspicious behavior> Synonyms account, accounting, argument, case, explanation, rationale Related Words alibi, apologia, apology, defense, excuse, justification, vindication; appeal, plea; guise, pretense (or pretence), pretext, rationalization

  2. 2 something (as a belief) that serves as the basis for another thing <a firm belief that we are here on earth to help others is the reason for her tireless volunteer work> Synonyms account, authority, grounds, motive, subject, wherefore, why Related Words antecedent, cause, consideration, impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, occasion, stimulus

  3. 3 an explanation that frees one from fault or blame <what reason do you have for being in such a bad mood?> Synonyms alibi, apology, defense, justification, plea, excuseRelated Words color, guise, pretense (or pretence), pretext, rationale, rationalization, vindication, whitewash; cop-out, out; acknowledgment (or acknowledgement), atonement, confession; extenuation, palliation

  4. 4 someone or something responsible for a result <what's the meteorological reason for tornadoes?> Synonyms antecedent, causality, causation, occasion, causeRelated Words consideration, determinant, factor; alpha and omega, be-all and end-all; impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, stimulus; mother, origin, root, source, springNear Antonyms ramification; denouement (also dénouement), repercussion; conclusion, end; by-product, side effect (also side reaction)Antonyms aftereffect, aftermath, consequence, corollary, development, effect, fate, fruit, issue, outcome, outgrowth, product, result, resultant, sequel, sequence, upshot

  5. 5 the ability to learn and understand or to deal with problems <you'll need to use all of your reason to get out of this tight spot> Synonyms brain(s), brainpower, gray matter, headpiece, intellect, intellectuality, mentality, intelligence, sense, smartsRelated Words eggheadedness, highbrowism, intellectualism; braininess, brilliance; acumen, alertness, apprehension, astuteness, discernment, discriminability, insight, judgment (or judgement), perception, percipience, perspicacity; common sense, horse sense, mother wit; aptitude, talent; sagacity, sapience, wisdom, wit; head, mind, skullNear Antonyms denseness, density, doltishness, dopiness, dullness (also dulness), dumbness, fatuity, feeblemindedness, foolishness, half-wittedness, idiocy, imbecility, senselessness, simpleness, slowness, stupidity

  6. 6 the normal or healthy condition of the mental abilities <was afraid that with all the stress he was under, he'd lose all reason> Synonyms daylights, head, marbles, mind, saneness, sanity, wit(s)Related Words rationality, reasonableness, sense; health, healthfulness, healthiness, wholesomeness; clearheadedness, lucidity, lucidness, normalcy, normality, soundness; wisdomNear Antonyms delusion, hallucination; delirium, frenzy, hysteriaAntonyms dementia, derangement, insanity, lunacy, madness, mania, unreason

  7. 7 the thought processes that have been established as leading to valid solutions to problems <in a time of national crisis we need to listen to the voice of reason> Synonyms intellection, ratiocination, logic, reasoning, senseRelated Words cogency, coherence, logicality, logicalness, rationality, rationalness; convincingness, persuasiveness; syllogism, synthesis; analysis, dissection; deduction, induction; argumentation, disputationNear Antonyms illogic, incoherence; absurdity, brainlessness, insanity, irrationality, nonsensicalness, preposterousness, senselessness


reason

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of reason

  1. 1 to form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and information <she reasoned that since all of the cakes were on sale for the same price, she might as well pick the biggest one> Synonyms conclude, decide, deduce, derive, extrapolate, gather, judge, make out, infer, understandRelated Words assume, suppose; conjecture, guess, speculate, surmise; construe, interpret, read; contemplate, philosophize, rationalize, think; ascertain, dope (out), find out

  2. 2 to state (something) as a reason in support of or against something under consideration <he tried to reason that no one in their right mind would buy his brother's old video games, but they were put on the online auction anyway> Synonyms assert, contend, maintain, plead, argueRelated Words adduce, cite, mention; claim, insist; affirm, aver, avouch, avow; advance, give, offer, propose, submit; advise, counsel, recommend, suggest, urge; convince, persuade; advocate, champion, defend, enforce, espouse, support; explain, justify, rationalize; consider, debate, discuss; confute, counter, disprove, rebut, refute



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