[ ree-zuh-nuh-buhl, reez-nuh- ]
/ ˈri zə nə bəl, ˈriz nə- /


agreeable to reason or sound judgment; logical: a reasonable choice for chairman.
not exceeding the limit prescribed by reason; not excessive: reasonable terms.
moderate, especially in price; not expensive: The coat was reasonable but not cheap.
endowed with reason.
capable of rational behavior, decision, etc.

Nearby words

  1. rearrangement,
  2. rearview mirror,
  3. rearward,
  4. reason,
  5. reason, age of,
  6. reasoned,
  7. reasonedly,
  8. reasoning,
  9. reasoningly,
  10. reasonless

Origin of reasonable

1250–1300; Middle English resonable < Middle French raisonnable < Latin ratiōnābilis. See reason, -able

SYNONYMS FOR reasonable
1. intelligent, judicious, wise, equitable. Reasonable, rational refer to the faculty of reasoning. Rational can refer to the reasoning faculty itself or to something derived from that faculty: rational powers; a rational analysis. It can also mean sane or sensible: She was no longer rational; a rational plan. Reasonable most often means sensible: A reasonable supposition is one which appeals to our common sense. 2. equitable, fair, just. See moderate.

Related forms
Can be confusedrational reasonable (see synonym study at the current entry) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reasonable


/ (ˈriːzənəbəl) /


showing reason or sound judgment
having the ability to reason
having modest or moderate expectations; not making unfair demands
moderate in price; not expensive
fair; averagereasonable weather
Derived Formsreasonably, adverbreasonableness, noun

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Word Origin and History for reasonable


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Idioms and Phrases with reasonable


see beyond a (reasonable) doubt.

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