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reason

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1 a statement given to explain a belief or act

  • she gave a good reason for her seemingly suspicious behavior
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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
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3 an explanation that frees one from fault or blame

  • what reason do you have for being in such a bad mood?
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4 someone or something responsible for a result

  • whatʼs the meteorological reason for tornadoes?
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6 the normal or healthy condition of the mental abilities

  • was afraid that with all the stress he was under, heʼd lose all reason
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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
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reason

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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
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draw a conclusion

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 brotherʼs old video games, but they were put on the online auction anyway
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think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions.
    • teaches students how to think
cogitate implies deep or intent thinking.
    • cogitated on the mysteries of nature
reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind.
    • reflecting on fifty years of married life
reason stresses consecutive logical thinking.
    • able to reason brilliantly in debate
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


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