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reason - Dictionary definition and meaning for word reason

Definition
(noun) a rational motive for a belief or action
Synonyms : ground
Example Sentence
  • the reason that war was declared
  • the grounds for their declaration

Definition
(noun) an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon
Example Sentence
  • the reason a steady state was never reached was that the back pressure built up too slowly

Definition
(noun) the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination
Synonyms : intellect , understanding
Example Sentence
  • we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil

Definition
(noun) the state of having good sense and sound judgment
Example Sentence
  • his rationality may have been impaired
  • he had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions

Definition
(noun) a justification for something existing or happening
Synonyms : cause , grounds
Example Sentence
  • he had no cause to complain
  • they had good reason to rejoice

Definition
(noun) a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion
Example Sentence
  • there is reason to believe he is lying

Definition
(verb) decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
Synonyms : conclude , reason out
Example Sentence
  • We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house

Definition
(verb) present reasons and arguments
Synonyms : argue

Definition
(verb) think logically
Example Sentence
  • The children must learn to reason

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