- 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.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of reason
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.
Examples from the Web for reason
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 Formsreasoner, noun
Word Origin for reason
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.