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reasonable Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective showing reason or sound judgment
    • a sensible choice
    • a sensible person
  2. adjective satellite not excessive or extreme
    fairish; fair.
    • a fairish income
    • reasonable prices
  3. adjective satellite marked by sound judgment
    • sane nuclear policy

Rea"son*a*ble adjective
OE. resonable, F. raisonnable, fr. L. rationabilis. See Reason, n.
  1. Having the faculty of reason; endued with reason; rational; as, a reasonable being.
  2. Governed by reason; being under 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. Bp. Wilkins.
    Men have no right to what is not reasonable. Burke.
  3. 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 you wings. Shak.
    Syn. -- Rational; just; honest; equitable; fair; suitable; moderate; tolerable. See Rational.
Rea"son*a*ble adverb
  1. Reasonable; tolerably. Obs.
    I have a reasonable good ear in music. Shak.

Webster 1913

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