- the faculty or power of acquiring intellectual knowledge, either by direct understanding of first principles or by argument.
- the power of intelligent and dispassionate thought, or of conduct influenced by such thought.
- Kantianism. the faculty by which the ideas of pure reason are created.
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A similar charge of redundancy is made against the reason why, which is also a well-established idiom: The reason why the bill failed to pass was the defection of three key senators.
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Example sentences from the Web for reason
We have reason to believe these kinds of viruses spread better when it’s cold.
Today, Feynman’s “dippy process” has become as ubiquitous in physics as calculus, and its mechanics reveal the reasons for some of the discipline’s greatest successes and its current challenges.How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics|Charlie Wood|September 17, 2020|Quanta Magazine
There are a number of reasons why a particular virus might be more active during certain times of year.COVID-19 may one day come and go like the flu, but we’re not there yet|Kate Baggaley|September 16, 2020|Popular Science
Comparing these results with 2016 exit polling is tricky for a few reasons.The key shifts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that have improved Biden’s chances of victory|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
One of the reasons for this behavior is that consumers who would ordinarily visit stores are buying online to avoid potential exposure to the virus.Google boosting visibility of ‘nearby’ product inventory with new Shopping features|Greg Sterling|September 16, 2020|Search Engine Land
The reason we were liberals is we were against oppression.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Yet, for god knows what reason, his name is never brought up in the “Great American Filmmaker” conversation.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Whatever the reason, and however absurd their beliefs may seem, American evangelicals are deadly serious.
For this reason, it is called by scholars “postmillennialism.”
It may have been the reason why Goldwater beat Rockefeller by three points, and effectively sewed up the GOP nomination.
What other reason could Dick have for the deception which he had practised upon us all?The Mystery of the Hidden Room|Marion Harvey
That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the æsthetic critic can understand it.Intentions|Oscar Wilde
In him, under every circumstance, we have every reason to be glad and to rejoice that we have him on our side.Journal of a Residence at Bagdad|Anthony Groves
That is, no doubt, the reason why he would take their good advice and go.
Indeed, my dear Faulkland, my sister has reason for her fears.Memoirs of Miss Sidney Biddulph|Frances Sheridan
British Dictionary definitions for reason
Derived forms of reasonreasoner, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with reason
see by reason of; in reason; it stands to reason; listen to reason; lose one's mind (reason); rhyme or reason; see reason; stand to reason; with reason.