practical reason


(in Kantian ethics) reason applied to the problem of action and choice, especially in ethical matters.

Origin of practical reason

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for practical reason

practical reason

practical reasoning

noun philosophy logic

the faculty by which human beings determine how to act
reasoning concerning the relative merits of actions
the principles governing arguments which issue in actions or intentions to act
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