- 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.
Origin of reasonable
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Examples from the Web for reasonable
Again, the reasoning sounds, well, reasonable, and is sourced to a respectable organization, the Samaritans.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
Expectations, reasonable or unrealistic, remain so even if we impose them on ourselves.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
Going at a reasonable clip, my husband and I travel the trails and side roads near our house.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
“Here the implementation of lethal force was a reasonable response under the circumstances,” she said.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls
December 4, 2014
If you were emotionalized, you saw him clearly as the Fuhrer, but anyone who was reasonable and logical was seen as the enemy.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehension.
She saw it was reasonable: what fellowship can light have with darkness, or love with starvation?Weighed and Wanting
Young women on the eve of a vacation were not usually so reasonable.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Good; twenty and thirty sous; I am glad that you are reasonable.The Imaginary Invalid
For this is the way with men, if they have reason which suits them they do not care whether it is reasonable or not.The Trail Book
- 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
Word Origin and History for reasonable
c.1300, "having sound judgment, sane, rational," from Old French raisonable, from Latin rationabilis, from ratio (see reason (n.)).
What the majority of people consider to be 'reasonable' is that about which there is agreement, if not among all, at least among a substantial number of people; 'reasonable' for most people, has nothing to do with reason, but with consensus. [Erich Fromm, "The Heart of Man," 1968]
Meaning "moderate in price" is recorded from 1660s. Related: Reasonably.
Idioms and Phrases with reasonable
see beyond a (reasonable) doubt.