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Synonyms of reason in English:


  • 1 he cited a lack of funds as the main reason for his decision
    motive, motivation, purpose, point, aim, intention, objective, goal, occasion, impetus, inducement, incentive;
    explanation, justification, case, argument, defence, apology, vindication, excuse, pretext, rationalization;
    the whys and wherefores;
    Latin apologia
  • 2 a rising crescendo of postmodern voices today rail against reason and science
    rationality, logic, logical thought, scientific thinking, reasoning, thought, cognition;
    the mind, intellect, intelligence, intellectuality;
    Philosophy  nous
    [Antonyms] emotion, feeling
  • 3 he was afraid of losing his reason
    sanity, mind, mental faculties, mental health, soundness of mind;
    informal marbles
  • 4 he continues, against reason, to love the woman passionately
    good sense, good judgement, common sense, sense, judgement, understanding, wisdom, sagacity;
    reasonableness, moderation, propriety;
    practicality, practicability, advisability
  • Phrases

    by reason of
    those incapable of supporting themselves by reason of age, infirmity, or disease
    because of, on account of, as a result of, as a consequence of, owing to, due to, by virtue of, thanks to, through
    with reason
    he was anxious, with reason, about his own political survival


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  • 1 such a child, left to himself, grows up unable to express himself and unable to reason
    think rationally, think logically, think straight, use one's mind, use one's common sense, use one's head, use one's brain, think things through, cogitate;
    rare cerebrate, ratiocinate, logicize
  • 2 Scott reasoned that if Annabel were having a heart attack, she wouldn't be able to talk on the telephone
    calculate, come to the conclusion, conclude, reckon, think, consider, be of the opinion, be of the view, judge, deduce, infer, surmise
    North American informal figure
  • 3 she was growing too tired to reason it out
    work out, find an answer/solution to, think through, come to a conclusion about, sort out, make sense of, get to the bottom of, puzzle out, solve
    informal figure out
  • 4 her husband tried to reason with her, but she refused to listen
    talk round, bring round, win round, persuade, coax, prevail on, convince;
    show someone the error of their ways, make someone see the light
  • Word links

    rational relating to reason
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