• "If Uncle Sam could have me right by him to tell him the reason."
    "If Uncle Sam could have me right by him to tell him the reason."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj reasoning endowed with the capacity to reason
    • n reasoning thinking that is coherent and logical
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why flamingos are pink is because they eat shrimp which have a red pigment
    • Reasoning That which is offered in argument; proofs or reasons when arranged and developed; course of argument. "His reasoning was sufficiently profound."
    • Reasoning The act or process of adducing a reason or reasons; manner of presenting one's reasons.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The reason why your nose gets runny when you are crying is because the tears from the eyes drain into the nose
    • n reasoning The use of the faculty of reason; discriminative thought or discussion in regard to a subject; rational consideration.
    • n reasoning A presentation of reasons or arguments; an argumentative statement or expression; a formal discussion.
    • n reasoning Discussion; conversation; discourse.
    • n reasoning Synonyms Reasoning, Argumentation. Reasoning is much broader than argumentation. The latter is confined to one side of the question, or, in another sense, supposes a proposition, supported by arguments on the affirmative side and attacked by arguments on the negative. Reasoning may be upon one side of a proposition, and is then the same as argumentation; but it may also be the method by which one reaches a belief, and thus a way of putting together the results of investigation: as, the reasoning in Euclid, or in Butler's Analogy; the reasoning by which a thief justifies himself in stealing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why tattoos do not vanish even though we shed our skin is because the dye is injected deeper into the dermis part of the skin. It is only the epidermis that we shed
    • Reasoning act of reasoning: that which is offered in argument: course of argument
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  • Martin Luther
    “Reason is the enemy of faith.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.”
  • John R. Stott
    John R. Stott
    “Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.”
  • Thomas Mann
    “Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.”
  • Frederick Smith
    Frederick Smith
    “Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.”
  • William Drummond
    William Drummond
    “He who dares not (reason), is a slave.”


Rhyme or reason - If something is without rhyme or reason, it is unreasonable. ('Beyond rhyme or reason' is an alternative.)


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. raison—L. ratio, rationisrēri, ratus, to think.


In literature:

Here then reasoning takes place to discover this relation; and according as our reasoning varies, our actions receive a subsequent variation.
"A Treatise of Human Nature" by David Hume
It is to me a sufficient reason not to believe the existence of anything, if I see no reason for believing it.
"Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists" by George Berkeley
They believe that man is the only animal capable of reasoning and that ever does reason.
"Revolution and Other Essays" by Jack London
For this reason, probably, no descriptions of her will agree with each other.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
There could be no reason but a bad reason for that barefaced attempt to entrap him into a reconciliation.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
He endeavored by supplication to appease some being who, for some reason, had, as he believed become enraged.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
In all ages reason has been regarded as the enemy of religion.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
When you shall have seen some of our young nobles, you will find reason to be proud of your comparative simplicity.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
So you have an hour to amuse yourselves, but you must be reasonable and not excite yourselves too much.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
He applauds her reasonings.
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
She has reason, no doubt she has reason, for this application to us: and her crime is glossed over, to bring her to us with new disgrace!
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Only consider at what price you sell your own will: if for no other reason, at least for this, that you sell it not for a small sum.
"A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus With the Encheiridion" by Epictetus
He finds reason in all opinions, truth in none: indeed the least reason perplexes him, and the best will not satisfy him.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
It is so easy to confuse the rationalizations of reason with the nature of reason itself.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza
But to reason with despots is throwing reason away.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
For the first time, I knew there was a reason that was not a cruel reason.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Is there any reason why a girl should not study such things?
"Cecilia" by F. Marion Crawford
Mr. Talmage seeks to make the story of the flood reasonable.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
There is one difference in the two cases however which disconcerts all reasoning from the British to our proposed Constitution.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States, Volume II (of 2)" by James Madison
For reason is not my reason; it is human reason in general.
"The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life" by Emile Durkheim

In poetry:

Grave Silence, like a king,
At that strange feast is set;
Grave Silence still as the soul's will,
That rules the reason yet.
"Death In Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
"And yet, those little Mayflower lads
Were thankful to be living--
A splendid reason, after all,
For anyone's thanksgiving!"
"November" by Nancy Byrd Turner
The tears of manhood, when they flow,
Flow not like common rain;
Peace, reason, hope, they overthrow,
A deluge of the brain.
"The Soldier's Brother--A Ballad" by Peter John Allan
He who of honour boasts away,
And she who boasts her virtue,
Give reason to suspect that they
Tell neither him nor her true.
"Maxims" by William Hutton
If you follow Reason's sway,
You'll be happy while you may;
But you will, if her you spurn,
Want her when she'll not return.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
Now with ripeness of October
I have reasoned and reflected.
And I feed my soul, grown sober,
With the crumbs that I rejected.
"My Youth" by Gamaliel Bradford

In news:

Best Reason to Believe the Old Adage , "If At First You Don't Succeed ".
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The 3 reasons Silvio Berlusconi might never see prison.
For these reasons, most hosting sites include phpMyAdmin in their control panel as the default MySQL administration tool.
But we were taken by the story of the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL for a number of reasons.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had plenty of reason to celebrate at more.
That's the reason for the show's parental warning.
And the reason this is so annoying .
A Reason Not to Clean.
Five reasons to watch the Tour de France (despite the drugs).
Five Reasons Why Bird is the Word For Local Band Names.
VP offers a voice of reason during stressful transactions.
Whatever President Obama's reason for suggesting that Egypt was not a US ally, here are the many alliance-like gestures Washington makes to Cairo.
The park's isolation from the central city – created by Interstate 30 – is a major reason, probably the reason, for its difficulty getting the stable stream of activity it needs and deserves.
Forestville residents have plenty of reason to be suspicious, which is the main reason the number of residents in attendance at the village meetings continues to grow.

In science:

For these reasons we cannot expect that the MSWT gives reasonable results if we try to calculate local quantities for OBC near the boundary.
Quantum versus classical behavior in the boundary susceptibility of the ferromagnetic Heisenberg chain
For obvious reasons, we shall suppose that 2k ≤ n and, for the reason explained in the Introduction, we restrict ourselves to k ≥ 3.
Bounds for the cup-length of Poincare spaces and their applications
An off-axis beam is favored because a neutrino energy lower than ∼1 GeV is preferable in the T2K experiment for the following three reasons: The first reason is the neutrino oscillation probability.
Results from K2K and status of T2K
The third reason is related to the second reason, but concerns the nature of water Cherenkov detectors.
Results from K2K and status of T2K
It seems that a reasonable compromise between generality and physical reasonableness can be obtained assuming that Γ(σ) is a continuous, monotonic function, differentiable except perhaps at σ = 0, where its value vanishes.
The general solution for relativistic spherical shells
We claim that the latter reason is the most dominant of the reasons.
Personalizing Image Search Results on Flickr
The time-discretization in the realm of cubature methods always leads to reasonable expressions, namely to reasonable partial differential equations of type (5).
Cubature on Wiener space in infinite dimension
After all, the reason should be something rooting in the complete Dirac equation, so the suspicion that ˇβ is related to this phenomena might be reasonable.
Commutative Relations for the Nonlinear Dirac Equation
One reason for this is that the regularized inverses Sλ are non-linear even if the forward operator T is linear. A second reason is that this inverse problem has unususally high noise level in the data, the norm of the noise component by far exceeding the norm of the signal.
A new principle for choosing regularization parameter in certain inverse problems
By similar reasoning, if Ω has connected complement, only characteristic functions of sets with connected complement need to be included in F . I further suggest that in many cases it should be reasonable to choose F as a set of characteristic functions of balls of different sizes.
A new principle for choosing regularization parameter in certain inverse problems
Established program verification environments and abstract interpretation methods have long relied on arithmetic over integers or over real numbers for reasoning about programs, and for a good reason.
Modular difference logic is hard
While it has to be admitted that the existing sensitivity is not really comparable to what might reasonably be expected in SUSY, there are several reasons why large improvements can be expected in the future.
Beyond Standard Model Physics
The reason is that our method explored exhaustively each 5-uple of triangles, which is not the case for Kahle’s reasoning.
Automated Proofs in Geometry : Computing Upper Bounds for the Heilbronn Problem for Triangles
One of the reasons, which we elaborate on in the Appendix C and a footnote below, is that the contributions associated with the second term tend to vanish for one reason or another.
Pure spinor computation towards open string three-loop
The non-monotonicity here refers to the fact that, while in usual (monotonic) reasoning adding more axioms leads to potentially more possible conclusions, in non-monotonic reasoning adding new facts to a knowledge base may prevent previously valid conclusions.
Complexity of Non-Monotonic Logics