reasonable

adjective
rea·​son·​able | \ ˈrēz-nə-bəl How to pronounce reasonable (audio) , ˈrē-zᵊn-ə-bəl \

Definition of reasonable

1a : being in accordance with reason a reasonable theory
b : not extreme or excessive reasonable requests
c : moderate, fair a reasonable chance a reasonable price
2a : having the faculty of reason
b : possessing sound judgment a reasonable man

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Other Words from reasonable

reasonability \ ˌrēz-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce reasonable (audio) , ˌrē-​zᵊn-​ə-​ \ noun
reasonableness \ ˈrēz-​nə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce reasonable (audio) , ˈrē-​zᵊn-​ə-​ \ noun
reasonably \ ˈrēz-​nə-​blē How to pronounce reasonable (audio) , ˈrē-​zᵊn-​ə-​ \ adverb

Examples of reasonable in a Sentence

We have reasonable cause not to believe him. She offered a reasonable compromise. It's not reasonable to expect perfect weather. Please be more reasonable. There is no way I'll be able to finish all this work in so little time. A reasonable man would not expect such a thing. Our boss has reasonable expectations of his employees. The team has a reasonable chance of winning. He makes a reasonable amount of money. The store's prices are reasonable. The hotel offers excellent accommodations at reasonable rates. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The family felt the video in the case proved Hopp was guilty on all counts beyond a reasonable doubt. CBS News, 6 May 2022 But, in regard to the woman in this case or any other woman that has made claims against Bauer, MLB does not need to persuade a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Even if an indictment survives those legal challenges, then the DA's office will have to try its case and prove Trump's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to the unanimous satisfaction of the jury. Elie Honig, CNN, 2 May 2022 Los Angeles prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to prove the woman's accusations beyond a reasonable doubt. Beth Harris, ajc, 30 Apr. 2022 He wasn’t swayed by the legalese that resulted in Bauer not facing charges, rightly understanding that a decision that a case cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt is not the same as an exoneration. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 Los Angeles prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to prove the woman’s accusations beyond a reasonable doubt. Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 Los Angeles prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to prove the woman’s accusations beyond a reasonable doubt. NBC News, 26 Apr. 2022 In one of the longest-running murder cases in the country, the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office failed to prove without a reasonable doubt that Percy Phillips, charged in 2009, killed Whitfield during a gas station robbery in 1993. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reasonable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Reasonable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reasonable. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for reasonable

reasonable

adjective
rea·​son·​able | \ ˈrēz-nə-bəl How to pronounce reasonable (audio) , ˈrē-zᵊn-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of reasonable

1 : fair and sensible I'm willing to compromise, but her demands are not reasonable.
2 : not too expensive Let's find a hotel with reasonable rates.
3 : fairly or moderately good Our team has a reasonable chance of winning.

Other Words from reasonable

reasonableness noun
reasonably \ -​blē \ adverb

reasonable

adjective
rea·​son·​able

Legal Definition of reasonable

1a : being in accordance with reason, fairness, duty, or prudence
b : of an appropriate degree or kind
c : supported or justified by fact or circumstance a reasonable belief that force was necessary for self-defense
2 : applying reason or logic broadly : rational sense 1 a reasonable mind

Other Words from reasonable

reasonableness noun
reasonably adverb

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