reason


reason
reason [rē′zən]
n.
[ME reisun < OFr < L ratio, a reckoning, reason: see READ1]
1. an explanation or justification of an act, idea, etc.
2. a cause or motive
3. the ability to think, form judgments, draw conclusions, etc.
4. sound thought or judgment; good sense
5. normal mental powers; a sound mind; sanity
vi.
1. to think coherently and logically; draw inferences or conclusions from facts known or assumed
2. to argue or talk in a logical way
vt.
1. to think logically about; think out systematically; analyze
2. to argue, conclude, or infer: now usually with a clause introduced by that as the object
3. to support, justify, etc. with reasons
4. to persuade or bring by reasoning (into or out of)
SYN.- CAUSE, THINK1
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by reason of
because of
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in reason or within reason
in accord with what is reasonable
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out of all reason
unreasonable
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stand to reason
to be logical or reasonable
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with reason
justifiably; rightly

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