• "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 reasonable not excessive or extreme "a fairish income","reasonable prices"
    • adj reasonable marked by sound judgment "sane nuclear policy"
    • adj reasonable showing reason or sound judgment "a sensible choice","a sensible person"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why the Mexican sombrero hat is so wide is to provide shade for the entire body
    • Reasonable Governed by reason; being under the influence of reason; thinking, speaking or acting rationally, or according to the dictates of reason; agreeable to reason; just; rational; as, the measure must satisfy all reasonable men. "By indubitable certainty, I mean that which doth not admit of any reasonable cause of doubting.""Men have no right to what is not reasonable ."
    • Reasonable Having the faculty of reason; endued with reason; rational; as, a reasonable being.
    • Reasonable Not excessive or immoderate; within due limits; proper; as, a reasonable demand, amount, price. "Let . . . all things be thought upon
      That may, with reasonable swiftness, add
      More feathers to our wings."
    • adv Reasonable Reasonably; tolerably. "I have a reasonable good ear in music."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • reasonable Having the faculty of reason; endowed with reason; rational, as opposed to brute.
    • reasonable Characterized by the use of reason; amenable to reason or sound sense; not senseless, foolish, or extravagant in thought or action.
    • reasonable Conformable to or required by reason; due to or resulting from good judgment; rationally sound, sensible, natural, etc.
    • reasonable Not exceeding the bounds of reason or common sense; moderate; tolerable.
    • reasonable Moderate in amount or price; not high or dear: as, reasonable charges or prices; reasonable goods.
    • reasonable In law, befitting a person of reason or sound sense; such as a prudent man would exercise or act upon in his own affairs: as, reasonable care; reasonable diligence; reasonable cause.
    • reasonable Calculable; computable; hence, detailed; itemized.
    • reasonable Talkative; ready in conversation.
    • reasonable Synonyms Rational, Reasonable. See rational.
    • reasonable Reasonably.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • adj Reasonable endowed with reason: rational: acting according to reason: agreeable to reason: just: not excessive: moderate
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  • Martin Luther
    “Reason is the enemy of faith.”
  • John R. Stott
    John R. Stott
    “Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.”
  • 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.”
  • Dan Millman
    Dan Millman
    “Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.”
  • Philip Dormer Stanhope
    Philip Dormer Stanhope
    “I am sure that since I have had the full use of my reason, nobody has heard me laugh.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. resonable, F. raisonnable, fr. L. rationabilis,. See Reason (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. raison—L. ratio, rationisrēri, ratus, to think.


In literature:

Reason is only to depend on in scientific sorts of things, isn't it?
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The so-called religion of reason is destitute either of reason or religion, or both.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
People are still influenced by experience and reason, as heretofore.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
This is regarded as undemocratic for the reason that democracy has come to mean a series of elections.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
For other people, they would urge the reasonable question, how else came Roger by the cash?
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Returning to our text, such a reason for wishing to die, held in check and overcome by such a reason for wishing to live, is great and noble.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
He sought the reason in vain.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
I had reason to think that all was not as it should be in this house, and I was right.
"That Affair Next Door" by Anna Katharine Green
How am I to say all that has to be said in a reasonable compass?
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
As my reason ripened, it was so far from correcting this irrational conduct.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

In poetry:

If I am happy, and you,
And there are things to do,
It seems to be the reason
Of this world!
"Envoy" by Hilda Conkling
'Bid me not stay!
Hear reason, pray!
'Tis striking six! Sure never day
Was short as this is!'
"Love's Clock" by James Russell Lowell
How droll.
But better droll than cold, and no reason for
distress. Last night
You had far less.
"He'S AboutT 22, I'm 63" by Helene M Johnson
Shall I doubt Thy breath which I breathe, my God?
Shall I reason myself into dust?
Thy Word flows fresh through the earth abroad;
My soul to Thy Soul I trust!
"Alive In Thee" by Lucy Larcom
He unto Reason thus did say,
"Your counsel I would not obey,
But unto Passion I did sway,
When he drew nigh,
Which caused me this man to slay,
That here doth lie.
"Passion And Reason" by Susannah Hawkins
Behold, I promise — Anything You will.
Behold, I greet you with an empty Till —
Ah! Fellow-Sinners, of your Charity
Seek not the Reason of the Dearth, but fill.
"The Rupaiyat of Omar Kal'vin" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Investors seeking growth at a reasonable price are increasingly coming up empty.
A surprisingly large segment of America tuned into the first presidential debate, but for some odd reason, President Obama did not appear among them.
Augmentation is typically sought for one of two reasons: to enlarge breasts which have always been small, or to restore breasts which have reduced in size following pregnancy or a large weight loss.
8 reasons agency IT will change course in 2013.
There are many good reasons to outsource your Thanksgiving meal to a professional.
The 18-to-34-year-old public that doesn't read newspapers is a coveted demographic for reasons that aren't obvious.
(CBS News) Sometimes you come across videos on the Internet that have no real rhyme or reason to them, they simply are.
According to "Lawless," killing with reason is more virtuous than killing for its own sake.
Six Reasons We Like You.
STDs should be reason enough to be careful in your sexual exploits.
But farther afield, there's at least one person who had good reason to be smiling: Bashar Al Assad, the president of Syria.
Rehearsals that are necessary for one main reason.
But considering it also has perhaps the finest dumplings in Southern California, those aren't reasons to stay away, they're reasons to get here early.
"Good I like the word reasonable, 'It's reasonably close,' he said," says the teacher.
After disbanding for no reason (there probably was a reason) in 1981, The Pop Group have decided to give it another shot and have reformed to do some live dates, plus record an album if they can keep their shit together for long enough.

In science:

We consider it actually as a generalization of the concept of domain reasoning, we will name the domain reasoner machine, or simply domain reasoner (DR).
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
In the context of knowledge representation and reasoning, a very important application of logic programming has been in the domain of reasoning about actions and change and, more specifically, planning.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
Differently from our framework, it does not support non-Markovian reasoning, multi-valued reasoning, and it does not bring the expressiveness of constraint programming to the level of the action specification languag e.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
For this reason, each configuration is not equiprobable in the general case, and thus will not provide the same contribution to the probability P (k) (k = 3 was an exception for symmetry reasons).
Horizontal visibility graphs: exact results for random time series
Although it can be clearly seen that the distribution is skewed (indeed we have no a priori reason to expect it not to be), it is not biased: the distribution displayed has a mean value of 0.009 and a dispersion of 0.93, giving a reasonable sign that individual error estimates are trustworthy.
Stellar distances from spectroscopic observations: a new technique