- 1(Of a person) having sound judgment; fair and sensible: no reasonable person could have objectedMore example sentences
- They created a problem for Ms. Young, though, since they made me sound intelligent and reasonable.
- It was a sensible, reasonable, rational group.
- He speaks with a heavy Yorkshire accent and he peppers his talk with ‘quite’ which makes him sound extremely reasonable.
- 1.1Based on good sense: it seems a reasonable enough request the guilt of a person on trial must be proved beyond reasonable doubtMore example sentences
- Peter is correct, in the sense that it's reasonable to discuss defense spending.
- The comments to the caregiver were neither fair, nor reasonable, nor moderate.
- It would not now be appropriate or reasonable to introduce such a requirement,’ he added.
- 1.2 • archaic (Of a person or animal) able to think, understand, or form judgments by a logical process: man is by nature reasonableMore example sentences
- He says that because of the Aristotelian sense, he thinks he is "a reasonable animal".
- Man is a reasonable animal, but he is reasonable in ways that even he cannot easily fathom.
- 2As much as is appropriate or fair; moderate: a police officer may use reasonable force to gain entryMore example sentences
within reason, practicable, sensible; appropriate, suitable
- Classed as moderate requiring a reasonable level of fitness, it covers 53 km and is available from October this year to April.
- That decision reflects a reasonable economy of force, especially as the necessary points are clearly illustrated in the battle narratives.
- Whereas a rate of intervention that is appropriate or reasonable is unknown, there are no obvious clinical reasons for intervention rates to be higher in private than in public patients.
- 2.1Fairly good; average: the carpet is in reasonable conditionMore example sentences
- The legitimate authority and reasonable chance of success conditions look problematic, ruling out most wars of liberation and wars of heroic sacrifice.
- I am not satisfied that the appellant has any reasonable chance of success if allowed to proceed with the appeal.
- All they are asking is for regular competitive games especially during the summer months, these competitions are structured in such a way that they can have a reasonable chance of success.
- 2.2(Of a price or product) not too expensive: a restaurant serving excellent food at reasonable prices they are lovely shoes and very reasonableMore example sentences
- Collectively, we have managed to deliver expensive fish at a reasonable price while at the same time generating significant revenues for stakeholders.
- The 22-year-old company's basic principle is to develop new, simple products at reasonable prices by making the best use of the materials.
- It's a reasonable price for the product.
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- Pétain was trusted; he seemed to embody common sense and reasonableness in the face of the tragedy.
- Your integrity rests on the public's perception of your reasonableness, your understanding of the ways of the world.
- People lose their sense of reasonableness, they try to push in the ranks, try to get in taxis they shouldn't, and kick doors.
Middle English: from Old French raisonable, suggested by Latin rationabilis 'rational', from ratio (see reason).